The 113th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia will be held virtually October 27-28, 2023.
The 112th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (2022)
The convention voted to place the Diocese of Olympia under the provisional charge of the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, effective January 1, 2023, or as soon as practical thereafter, until such time as a new Bishop Diocesan is elected and ordained, or until this act is revoked by the convention.
Updates to the Constitution & Canons
Proposals from the Committee on Constitution & Canons were adopted as submitted. These changes will be updated in the Constitution & Canons of the Diocese of Olympia, and a new version will be published in early 2023.
2023 Diocesan Operating Budget
The 2023 diocesan operating budget, adopted by the Diocesan Council, was ratified as presented.
During the review process, a typographical error was found on General Convention clergy ballot #1. Rather than one clergy being elected on the first ballot, two were elected, with Rachel Taber-Hamilton being elected in the first position (C1) and Malcolm McLaurin in the second position (C2).
- Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Trinity, Everett, received 57 clergy votes (originally reported as 48) and 154 lay votes for a total of 211 votes.
- Malcolm McLaurin, Holy Cross, Redmond, received 68 clergy votes and 113 lay votes for a total of 181 votes.
Our deputation chair will be Judith Andrews, who, on the first lay ballot, received 83 clergy votes and 138 lay votes for a total of 221 votes. This is based on our constitution, Article XII, section 3(e)), which states: On the first ballot from which a Deputy is elected, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes in both orders combined shall serve as chair of the diocesan deputation.
Our full deputation to the 2024 General Convention is as follows:
General Convention clergy:
C1 Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Trinity, Everett
C2 Malcolm McLaurin, Holy Cross, Redmond
C3 Sabeth Fitzgibbons, Trinity, Seattle
C4 Britt Olson, St. Luke’s, Seattle
C5 Jedediah Fox, Redeemer, Kenmore
C6 Elise Johnstone, St. John the Baptist, Seattle
C7 Nic Mather, St. Stephen’s, Longview
C8 Ruth Anne Garcia, St. James, Kent
General Convention lay:
L1 Judith Andrews, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle (Chair)
L2 Sharalyne King, St. Stephen’s, Longview
L3 Tiernan Sweeny-Bender, Epiphany, Seattle
L4 Michael Seewer, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle
L5 April Thomson, Christ Church, Blaine
L6 Karen Sjostrom, St. John’s, Kirkland
L7 Lillian Springer, St. Matthew’s/San Mateo, Auburn
L8 Alisa Johnson, Good Shepherd, Federal Way
Secretary of Convention: The Rev. Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn
Commission on Ministry clergy-deacon order: Emily Austin, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle
Diocesan Council Evergreen Regional Ministry: The Rev. Josh Hosler, Church of the Good Shep., Federal Way
Diocesan Council Holy C Regional Ministry: Emily Meeks, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle
Diocesan Council Mt Baker Regional Ministry: The Rev. Baudelina Paz, Resurreccion, Mount Vernon
Diocesan Council Rainier Regional Ministry: Maitland McKenzie, St. Mary’s, Lakewood
Diocesan Council at-large: Karen Sjostrom, St. John’s, Kirkland
Standing Committee lay order: Carole Loudenback, Church of the Good Shepherd, Federal Way
Standing Committee clergy order: Elise Johnstone, St. John the Baptist, Seattle (four-year term); Jed Fox, Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore (two-year term)
Archivist & Records Manager: Erik Bauer
Treasurer: James Beckwith
Chancellor: Judy Andrews
Vice Chancellor: Bryan Krislock
Assistant Chancellor: Rosemarie LeMoine
Board of Directors: The Rev. David Marshall, St. Dunstan’s, Shoreline
Diocesan Council BIPOC: The Rev. Jesus Reyes, St. Luke’s, Vancouver; The Rev. Malcolm McLaurin, Holy Cross, Redmond
Personnel Commission: The Rev. Mike Mayor, Christ Church, Puyallup; Karla Koon, St. Andrew’s, Seattle
Disciplinary Board: The Rev. Marilyn Cornwell, retired; John Hoerster, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; The Rev. Jedediah Fox, Redeemer, Kenmore.
Church Attorneys: Marvin L. Gray, Jr., Ascension, Seattle; Douglas Oles, Epiphany, Seattle
The Resolutions Committee has met and considered the six resolutions submitted to by the canonical deadline. In its report are the Committee’s recommendations, as well as the full text of each resolution, including any explanation. Responses from relevant committees to any resolutions requiring their input are in the Appendix. The committee reminds folks that any additional resolutions must be submitted by the 48 hour deadline, which is 2:30 pm on Wednesday, October 18.