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Creating a Culture of Peace: Active NonViolence Workshop
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 9 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL
In these divisive times, it can be difficult to live out our Baptismal promises, yet Jesus has shown us nonviolent ways of living in community. This workshop introduces nonviolent practices through group exercises, stories, reflection and discussion. It provides strategies to engage others respectfully and constructively. Group leaders, teens, and anyone dealing with conflict or controversy in the family, school, work, or organizations, will feel more creative and empowered to respond without violence and improve skills for respectful engagement, instead of confrontation that polarizes and demonizes. Janet Chisholm, longtime nonviolence trainer and Episcopalian activist, will lead the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, snacks and drinks provided. Registration is free, limited to 30 people. Register at saintmarks.org/nonviolence. Questions? Contact Bob Chapman.
Sunday Forum: The Wisdom Jesus
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 10:10 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL
How does the Christian tradition imagine Jesus as Wisdom incarnate? What does that mean for our practical and spiritual lives? Canon Daugherty and Canon Ross will explore the Wisdom of Jesus in John’s gospel and tradition for clues to how Wisdom affirms and unifies creation and offers hope in uncertain times.
Organ Plus Concert: Wyatt Smith & Natalie Ham
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2 P.M., THOMSEN CHAPEL
Wyatt Smith, organist, and Natalie Ham, flutist, offer a diverse program of solos and duets. Both artists are advanced candidates for the Doctor of Music Arts degree in the University of Washington School of Music. Mr. Smith is also the Organ Scholar at Epiphany Parish, Seattle.
Collection of hygiene items for UCEF
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, AFTER MORNING SERVICES, CATHEDRAL NAVE
United Churches Emergency Fund, located in the U District, provides “compassionate listening, focused referrals, and financial assistance to prevent homelessness.” St. Mark’s helps provide monetary support to UCEF so they can help people who are outside of the zip codes usually served by UCEF. UCEF also provides snack packs and hygiene kits for those who find themselves homeless. At this time, they have enough snack items but are in need of hygiene items such as toothbrushes/paste, small soaps and shampoos, razors and shaving cream, etc. We will collect hygiene items after each morning service on April 22. Please bring your donations to the table in the back of the nave. Questions? Email Marjorie Ringness, Marjorie@ringness.org or go to uchurchesemergencyfund.org.
Mideast Focus Ministry Film Series
FRIDAYS, MARCH 9 – APRIL 27, 7 P.M., BLOEDEL HALL
“Pushing for Change!” is the theme of the fifth annual film series. We will experience how people push, and have pushed, for change. We will consider the consequences of the actions they, and we, use to push for change—and come to understand better what is going on in Palestine/Israel, and our part in it. We’ll show the premiere Washington State screening of 1948: Creation and Catastrophe along with four other documentaries and feature films about this critical issue.
Saint Mark’s Feast Day Celebrations
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 6-7 P.M., BLOEDEL HALL
The Feast Day of Saint Mark, the namesake of this Cathedral, is celebrated each year on April 25. Join us for a festive and fun dinner where we celebrate the historical Mark and how we live into Mark’s namesake today in this place. Questions? Contact Cristi Chapman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral Day at Saint Mark’s
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Come one, come all! It’s the annual celebration of the community of the Diocese of Olympia. People from Bellevue to Bellingham, Puyallup to Port Orchard will come to Saint Mark’s on this special day. Grand procession, beautiful banners and diocesan confirmations. Carnival games, cathedral tours, food trucks-and much more! Fun for all ages, whatever the weather! The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes til 3 p.m. Attendees are kindly asked to register so that we can have counts for food and activities. Register at saintmarks.org/cathedralday.
Upcoming Sunday Forum: What is Rogation?
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 10:10 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL
Traditionally during Easter, the Church observes time to bless fields, gardens and other agricultural sites. Those days are referred to as “Rogation” days. The term comes from the Latin root rogatio, “to ask.” Join Brian Sellers-Petersen, Canon Missioner for Agricultural Ministries in the Diocese of Olympia, and The Rev. Cristi Chapman to learn about rogation and to process around the campus as we observe this ancient Eastertide practice.
Save the dates and read the book!
Before Dean Thomason left on sabbatical, he encouraged the congregation to embark upon a study of Esther De Waal’s Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict. Please join the Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty and Senior Warden Lynne Markova at a series of Sunday Forums at 10:10 a.m. on May 6, June 3, and July 8 to discuss and reflect on the ancient rhythms of Benedictine spirituality and the impact these rhythms have on our individual and communal lives today. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Cathedral Shop. Questions? Contact Canon Jennifer, email@example.com, or Lynne Markova, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-Bach Concert on the Flentrop Organ
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 7:30 P.M., CATHEDRAL NAVE
Annette Richards and David Yearsley, organists
Drs. Richards and Yearsley serve together on the music faculty of Cornell University. Dr. Richards is a specialist in the music of J.S. Bach’s best-known son, C.P.E. Bach. In this program, she and Dr. Yearsley will compare and contrast the music of father and son. Advance passes are $20 adults/$15 students. They may be obtained online at saintmarks.org/concerts, or at the door on the night of the performance.
The Cathedral Trio
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 7:30 P.M., CATHEDRAL NAVE
This trio of world-class musicians was formed in 2007 and have been resident artists with Saint Mark’s Music Series ever since. Their programs strike a perfect balance among beloved traditional idioms and engaging new music. Advance passes are $15 adults/$10 students. Get yours online at saintmarks.org/concerts, or at the door.
Cathedral Book Group
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 12:30 PM
The Cathedral Book Group meets on the second Sunday of odd numbered months (May, July, Sept, etc). At each meeting we select a book for the following month. We will be discussing Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner, one the of NYTimes 100 best books of 2017 and a PEN/Hemingway finalist. This is a semi-autobiographical novel about a Cambodian woman who escaped the genocide of the Khmer Rouge as a child and returns with a letter signed by “the old musician.” For more information about the book group contact Pearl McElheran at email@example.com.
Mutual Ministries of Racial Reconciliation and De-escalation: A Conversation
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 10 A.M., CARRIAGE HOUSE
Join members of the Racial Reconciliation Group and De-escalation of Hate Crimes & Hate Speech Ministries as we engage in conversation about the future of these valued ministries. Mutual ministries begin by building relationships with the congregation and the community. Mutual ministries are collaborative and asset-based, which include spiritual gifts and life experiences. The conversation will be facilitated by Bob Chapman, Canon Malcolm McLaurin, and Canon Jennifer King Daugherty. All are invited to explore our common purpose of engaging as partners in God’s mission in the world. For questions please contact Bob, firstname.lastname@example.org or Malcolm, email@example.com.
Alliance for Gun Responsibility annual luncheon
MONDAY, MAY 21, 12 P.M.
Come join others from Saint Mark’s at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s annual luncheon May 21 at noon at the Westin Hotel. As we mourn the lives lost to gun violence, let’s gather to support progress—we’re ready for more. For information please contact Stacy Andersen, firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz Shea, email@example.com, or register directly at secure.gunresponsibility.org/agr-luncheon. Let them know you’re with the group from Saint Mark’s.
Creation Care: Join a climate conversation
Saint Mark’s Renewing Our Covenant statement said, “We will fight for climate justice and protection of our environment. As stewards of our land, air and water, we will stand with others in broad coalition to preserve these precious resources while working to reverse the troubling trends of human-caused climate change.” You are invited to a conversation to deepen our understanding of creation care. What does it mean to be a green cathedral? How can addressing climate change be a ministry of hope and joy rather than a despairing attempt to hold back disaster? How are the justice ministries of Saint Mark’s—focused on refugees, homelessness, racial injustice, global conflict, etc.—connected to climate change? What more can we be doing to place creation care at the center of our spiritual and community life? Date and location TBD. If you’d like an invitation to this initial conversation, please contact Andrew Himes.