Office of the Bishop

The Office of Bishop oversees the pastoral, administrative, and programmatic oversight for the diocese. This office coordinates all schedules for the Bishop including Sunday and weekly visitations. The topics on the left are in subcategories for easier search.

This is the document for liturgical resources for marriage that was presented to the 79th General Convention in 2018. It includes liturgies, guidelines, and recommendations for use in same-sex wedding ceremonies. The link for this is HERE.

Here are the basic steps for approval if you wish to officiate at a wedding in the Diocese of Olympia and are not licensed or canonically resident.

Requests should be made at least 60 days prior to the proposed wedding date.

Petition guidelines for remarriage

Policy for alcohol and alcoholic beverages at church functions

Form to be filled out by health care provider for proof of childhood immunizations

Best practices for conducting a Virtual Annual Meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions

Bishop's January 18, 2013 pastoral letter on same sex blessings

The planning form for an upcoming Bishop's Visitation.

Bishop Rickel's 10 Rules for Respect.

A checklist of items necessary for a successful Visitation by the Bishop.

Bishop's Visitation Form for Confirmands and Receptions.

A newsletter for border and immigration resources.

In addition, the following two Facebook groups offer other ways to connect:

"Cruzando Fronteras, AZ"
"Migration Spirituality"

Recommendations and clarifications by The Church Insurance Agency Corporation (CIAC) in regards to pastoral counseling

Checklist for clergy with regards to appropriate use of church property

Policy on clergy discretionary accounts

Clergy Handbook for the Diocese

The slide deck for the Clergy Wellness for Lay Leaders: Caring for Your Clergy During Covid Times.

Report on the results of the clergy wellness survey for 2020

Suggestions for topics in a letter to the Bishop from Confirmands prior to the Bishop's Visitation.

Document to assist congregations in reviewing and/or establishing bylaws.