UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS


Even though the cathedral building is closed at this time, the community of Saint Mark's is vibrant and active. In addition to the regular offerings (including livestreamed liturgies, online prayer services, and children's offerings), here are some exciting upcoming special events:

Back-to-School Picnic on the Cathedral Lawn with Backpack Blessing

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 6-7:30 P.M.

We all know that the last year and a half has been hard for everyone, but especially for kids. Now, as the new school year looms, many challenges remain. To mark this milestone, all are welcome to a back-to-school gathering on Friday evening, September 3—to reconnect in person, to have some fun together, and to lift up and honor the amazing kids of our community. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner. The cathedral will provide dessert for everyone and a variety of fun activities. Bring your backpacks to receive a blessing! Contact Rebekah Gilmore with questions.

Clean Cars 2030 Coalition Rally

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 12 P.M.

Saint Mark’s is honored to host a Clean Cars 2030 Coalition rally sponsored by Coltura on Saturday, August 14 at 12 p.m. There will be music, art, food, speakers, and an EV parade and car show at this family-friendly outdoor event. Anyone who has an electric car is welcome to hop in the parade and you can meet in the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to decorate. If you are able, bring your family by EV, bike, bus, or light rail to show your love for clean transportation! RSVP on Facebook here.

Mutual Ministry Goals Community Meetings

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An Invitation from Dean Thomason


Dear friends,

Come create our new way forward!

Earlier this year the Vestry forged a key document—our Mutual Ministry Goals—which are designed to inform and guide our work as a community. These three goals center upon the work of justice, creation care, and intergenerational ministry as we plot a course of lifelong spiritual formation for every person in this cathedral community. They are intended to touch every aspect of our common life.

So important are these that the Vestry has restructured its Standing Committees to include these three scopes, and every ministry group is being asked to embrace these goals and reflect on the work in light of them. I write today to encourage each household, and each person, to embrace them in your life as well.

To that end, and to learn more about the goals and action items arising from them, we have community meetings planned in the coming weeks via Zoom. You are welcome to attend any or all; I encourage each person who claims Saint Mark’s as your spiritual home to attend at least one of these. Here is the schedule:

 

Restorative Justice & Systemic Change

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2–3:30 P.M.
Join using this link.

 

Worship & Prayer (and the ways all three goals inform our worship experiences)

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1:30–3 P.M. (Note the earlier start this week.)
Join using this link.

 

Intergenerational Ministries

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2–3:30 P.M.
Join using this link.

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Canon Walter Brownridge presents: From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope

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From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope: A Day of Reflection on Being Church in our Emerging Reality

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 9:30 A.M.–12 P.M., in-person in Bloedel Hall or virtually via Zoom. Register here or below. 

led by The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  —Desmond Tutu

The past 16 months have been traumatic for many of us, and on so many levels. Pandemic, climate signs of foreboding, and a renewed cycle of racial reckoning. As COVID-19 recedes, in some way, we may feel divided. Some of us may feel that our energies are depleted, and others are eager to leave our isolation and enjoy the summer, and life returning to a sense of normalcy.

Yet, this may be a good time reflect and ask questions of meaning, faith, healing, and that big word: Hope. People in the midst of dark times, as the quote from Archbishop Tutu above notes, certainly need hope. I contend that we need hope when coming out of a difficult period and into the unknown. So yes, we must remain Prisoners of Hope. Together we will explore how hope is a muscle—that must be exercised as a spiritual discipline.

This program will be offered in person in Bloedel Hall OR virtually via Zoom. Register to attend using this link or the form below:

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Sunday Evening Community Labyrinth Walk

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SUNDAYS, STARTING AUGUST 1, 7–9 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth in front of the cathedral

The outdoor labyrinth has been a treasured resource for many in the cathedral community and the broader neighborhood, more than ever during the closure of the cathedral building. Now, while the evenings are long and warm, the organizers of Saint Mark's Labyrinth Ministry invite everyone to an informal community labyrinth gathering on Sunday nights. Drop by any time between 7 and 9 p.m. Ministry members will be on hand to talk about the history, meaning, and spiritual significance of the Labyrinth.

On August 1, 8, and 15, you are welcome to stay until 9:30 p.m. and listen to the radio broadcast of the Office of Compline together. Beginning August 22, you are welcome to stay and attend Compline in person! Please contact Walter Stuteville with questions, or if you'd like to help out: wstuteville@comcast.net

Women’s Compline

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SUNDAYS, JULY 18 & 25, 9:30 P.M., broadcast/livestream only

In the summer of 2019, the Office of Compline was chanted by an ensemble of women for the first time in the six-decade history of Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle.

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These beautifully-sung services were deeply moving to many. In the word of choir director Rebekah Gilmore, "We have many decades—generations worth of women who have wanted to sing Compline at Saint Mark's." And so the decision was made to make the Women's Compline Choir an annual tradition at Saint Mark's each summer. (In the summer of 2020, of course, a gathering of the full choir was not possible, and the Women's Compline Choir was represented by just four solo voices.) See photos and video from previous year's services below.

But now, in 2021, the full complement of 18 singers will return to chant the office at 9:30 p.m. on July 18 and 25.

Due to the unique nature of the Compline service and its congregation, the liturgy remains closed to public at this time. Please join the service via live radio broadcast on KING-FM 98.1 or king.org, or via livestream video at saintmarks.org/livestreamYouTube, the cathedral's Facebook page, or the Compline Choir's Facebook page.

Like the services in 2019 and 2020, these services will feature the world premiere of new works specially commissioned for the occasion from local composers. The service on July 25 will feature two new works by local composer (and former Compline Choir member) Jeff Junkinsmith.

In addition, the services will include music by contemporary Canadian composer Stephanie Martin, professor at York University in Toronto, former organist of the Church of Mary Magdalen (the position once held by Healey Willan), and founder of the noted women's choral ensemble Schola Magdalena.

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Sunday Stairway Walks for 20s/30s

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SUNDAYS, JULY 11, AUGUST 8 & SEPTEMBER 26, 2 P.M.–5:15 P.M., pre-registration required

Did you know that Seattle has 650 publicly accessible stairways? In the early 1900s, property developers in hilly Seattle would construct public stairways for convenience and to improve access to trolly lines. Now, these scenic passageways provide opportunities to discover off-the-path views through Seattle neighborhoods.

Join with other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn about different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle. Routes will draw inspiration from Seattle Stairway Walks and range between 2.5–4 miles at an easy pace. The walks start and end at the parish, with an opportunity to connect with clergy and other participants. We’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about the parish, meet clergy and enjoy refreshments after the walk. 

Contact Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com) or Michael Perera (perera.michael@gmail.com) with questions.

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Choir Camp Evensong

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WEDENSDAY, JULY 14, 4:30 P.M., via Zoom

Join the choristers for a Choir Camp Evensong over Zoom!

The Saint Mark's Choir School's Quarantine Quire Camp for senior choristers is happening July 11–14!

On Wednesday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m., the participants will be leading a Zoom Evensong service. These talented young people will lead our prayer as officiants and cantors.

Join using this Zoom link.

Mid-summer Family Ride/Run/Roll around Greenlake

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SUNDAY, JULY 18, 3:30–5 P.M.

Grab your bikes, rollerblades, or walking shoes and do the 2.7-mile loop around Greenlake with other cathedral families. Parents must accompany their children or have a designated adult chaperone. Social distancing will be observed. Parking isn't awesome on a beautiful summer Sunday but in addition to the on-site parking lot, free Sunday street parking in available in the area.

 

3:30 P.M. Gather at the outdoor stage area, east side of the Greenlake Community Center.

Address: 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N

Food: Due to Covid precautions, we won't be serving our usual rootbeer floats for this event but feel free to bring your own treat to eat after we do our loop!