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Weekly Message

To be Known and Appreciated

Dear friends, Have you ever felt that you really belonged? Or that you were known and appreciated? We need to belong. I believe that we all have a need and a desire to be known. We also have a need and a desire to know other people. We are made for relationship: to know one…

Story Sharing

Dear friends, One of the most important goals of a parish is to form community. We want community for the relationships, for the friendships, the common goals, the shared purpose. We want to feel included, known, and loved. We want to accomplish things that we can only do together, with friends. How do we become…

Love Is the Way

Dear friends, On my vacation this summer I read Presiding Bishop Curry’s book, Love Is the Way, and I want to recommend it to you. With the same eloquence, enthusiasm, and charm we saw in his sermon at the royal wedding, Bishop Curry lays out a vision for a world transformed by God’s love. This…

Astonishing Abundance of Summer

Dear friends, On Tuesday, I walked into our parish hall and was astonished by the abundance of food that had been gleaned that day. Half a dozen volunteers worked to sort through this treasure, choosing what would become ingredients for the day’s meal and what would be given away in an impromptu food bank. Thanks…

Delta V

Dear friends, In math, we use the “delta” as a shorthand for the difference between two halves of an equation. In project planning, the “delta” is the difference between when we plan to deliver and when we actually deliver. In driving, where V is velocity, it is not so much V that causes accidents as…

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St. Dunstan’s Receives COVID-Relief Grant

Dear friends, Our diocesan Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev. Cn. Arienne Davison, has awarded us a COVID-Relief grant in the amount of $13,333. In her letter informing us of the grant she wrote: Dear people of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church,  On behalf of the people of the Diocese of Olympia, I want to thank…

All are Welcome, All are Fed, All are Loved

On Sunday afternoon, my wife, mother-in-law and I attended an Eritrean wedding at Westminster Community Church with our new friends, the Peace Gospel Mission. There were traditional Eritrean dresses, ululation at each “amen”, and children escaping from parents to run down the aisle. All the service was given in Tigrinya. I recognized “Christ”, “amen” and “alleluia”, but little else, and yet the…

Faith and Contempt

Dear friends, I enjoy reading the Science Fiction genre, and one of the motifs I often encounter there is religion, or faith, as contemptuous or anti-intellectual or authoritarian. We see this in the popular series, Handmaids’ Tale, and in the children’s books like The Golden Compass. I think we all encounter anti-religious sentiments these days…

At the Same Table

Dear friends, “Social distanced”, “masked”, “sanitized”: these are not the words we would normally associate with communion. Communion is shoulder to shoulder, kneeling at the altar rail, filling in each open spot, receiving bread, drinking from a shared cup, and praying quietly. On Sunday we had 34 people in church. That’s the largest congregation since…

See You Sunday: No Reservations Necessary!

Dear friends, With the continued good news about vaccination rates and loosening of restrictions from the Governor, our vestry has decided to open worship to 50% of our capacity and eliminate the need for reservations. That means you don’t have to make a reservation to come to church, just come! We will now allow up…