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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
June 4, 2020
Christ Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE 98105
(206) 633-1611
All in-person operations are suspended at Christ Church until further notice during the outbreak of Covid-19 in order to keep the community healthy, including Sunday services.

There is no Christ Church live stream or coffee hour this week, as the Diocese of Olympia is holding a diocese-wide stream at 11am Sunday, June 7. A town hall over Zoom with Bishop Rickel and other diocesan staff will follow at 12:30.

Information about all of that and how to join can be found here!

We are also holding weekly hangouts at 7pm on Wednesdays on Zoom! Generally there will be different things every week; email Cara if you are interested.
This week's Contemplative Evening Prayer podcast is posted! You can find the service leaflet here, and listen along at any of the links below:
Apple Podcasts
Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,

Just a brief note this week.  It was full of church - wardens meeting, last Wednesday with the students, Wednesday night live talking through the events unfolding in our nation, lots of pastoral phone and Zoom calls, bits of writing for diocese and parish. 
Aaron and I are in the middle of what feels like moving - completely rearranging the house now that my dad and his medical equipment are no longer occupying most of the ground floor like they used to.  This means every room in the house, bar two, has a different set of furniture moving in and out of it - madness. 

I'd like to direct your attention to the information Cara has included about how to access worship on Sunday, led by the bishop.  It will be especially good to be all together as Episcopalians in western Washington in this moment.  And he has compiled a list of resources to support protestors and racial equity, which is included in this newsletter as well.
We are moving through this time together - the birth pangs of something new.  I'd love to hear as part of our Good News what each of you are doing - if you've been to a protest, let Cara know.  If you've donated to a bail fund, called an elected representative, donated supplies - please let her know so she can share how Christ Church is participating right now.  We are a community of love, known by our works, and not a backdrop or prop. 

With gratitude,
A Letter to the Diocese from Bishop Rickel

Dear Ones,

These are trying times for everyone, but none more than the people of color of this country, who have never achieved equality or justice though a light has been shined on that disparity so many times, before our lifetimes, and in our lifetimes. The responsibility for changing this is on us all, but most especially the white person. We have the greatest responsibility to use our privilege to work toward a solution. I thank you all, so many of you literally on the front lines, and those who are finding other ways to “show up” during these times. It is very difficult trying to navigate this all during the pandemic already in progress, and hardly over. But this is indeed two pandemics now and they do need to be addressed. Below, we have gathered the most comprehensive list we could find about how to help in all those various ways, face to face, and in isolation, but still connected. It is critical now that we not judge our internal responses, but learn from them and one another. There is a lot on our hearts, minds, and souls, competing, compelling expectations. Try to be gentle with one another if at all possible. As a person reminded me about the Buddhist principle of looking up on other people and situations right now with “soft eyes” first. That is part of my daily prayer now. As are all of you.


Bishop Greg Rickel

More resources about how to help and support racial equality in Western Washington can be found here.

Dear Real Rent Supporters,

We hope you are well,

Even though the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center has had to close the doors to the public, cancel all events and tours we will still continue with our mission.

We plan to support Tribal members with food stipends and monies to support them in this hard time. We have had many Tribal members seek support. The staff here is working hard to provide all these necessities to them in a timely manner. We can support the Tribal members during this pandemic because of your generous donations. We know this is a hard time for everyone and we will get through this if we continue to support one another, together we can accomplish anything.

We raise our hands in gratitude!

Christ Church acknowledges that we gather on the land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish people, who are a people still living.

Christ Church discretionary money has gone and will continue to go to pay rent to the Duwamish, to acknowledge that our institution participated in the removal of ancestral owners of this land, and to begin to make material repair to those who have been harmed.

Christ Church encourages individual worshippers to likewise offer this form of confession and sacred amends at All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe.

Joys of the Week
Joys of the Week is meant as a medium to keep connected with each other during the Covid-19 outbreak, when we cannot share fellowship with each other in person. No joy is too small! If you have a joy you would like to share, please email a photo or a story to Cara at
Hello everyone - I'm a little too tired to do any elaborate cat photoshoots this week, but Mr. Bubbles is still lounging around and ruling the western face of Queen Anne, fear not.

As Shelly mentioned above, please send me your joys, especially if you were part of the protests and marches this week, and let me know what y'all have been doing to help this week, and next week, and the week after that, and even longer than that. 

Lovely flowers from Mary Lou Hatcher!
Our son's pup, who is now 16 weeks old and 40 pounds, and some mountain laurel in our yard. (Wes Ono)
Carrie Cabush's ongoing role as intern at Christ Church has been community engagement: contacting businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in the U-District to find out what sorts of services they provide and how Christ Church might fit into wider community work. Thank you Carrie!

Don't you just love it when you can see the Holy Spirit at work? Over the past few weeks we discovered the University Temple Thrift Shop had 8 dozen socks sitting unused. Their Thrift Shop has a long history of providing free socks and underwear, which are purchased with the proceeds of the shop itself, but they have been unable to distribute those socks since the pandemic. Now we will be able to distribute those socks during our weekly wagon runs! A special thanks to Phil Hodgins for picking them up!
This week I also spoke to the Associate Director at UHeights who let me know UHeights is still running virtual events that are Pay-As-You-Can. You can find an up-to-date listing of virtual discussion groups and classes (right now I see Zumba, Bollywood dance, poetry, improv comedy) here!
Wren’s birthday was on Monday and she got to have her own piece of cake! She didn’t eat any of it, but she sure had fun.
(Amanda, Wren, and Chris McPeak)
Staff at Christ Church
The Rev. Shelly Fayette, Rector                         
The Rev. Carla Robinson, Associate Priest    
The Rev. Chris McPeak, Curate                        
Henry Lebedinsky, Music Director and Organist
Cara Peterson, Parish Administrator                   
Heidi Hansen, Director of Children and Youth       

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