The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is coming for a short speaking tour in the Diocese of Olympia in May, assisted by Jeremy Tackett. The following events are open to the public, but require advance registration. Register for one or all here.

Becoming the Beloved Community

Tuesday, May 21, at 7 pm (Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Sammamish)

Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and the Care of Creation, is doing a speaking tour of the Diocese of Olympia, beginning here at Good Samaritan. She will be speaking on Becoming Beloved Community—an exploration of the Episcopal Church’s call and commitment to reconciliation across barriers of race, ethnicity, and culture. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! Learn more at episcopalchurch.org/beloved-community.

Are We There Yet? Racial Healing and Reconciliation in Our Time

Wednesday, May 22, at 7 pm (St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle)
An interactive reflection on the reality of racism and the hope for justice and healing in our time. Gain courage and renew your commitment to being agents of transformation. Learn more at episcopalchurch.org/reconciliation.

Episcopal Evangelism 101

Thursday, May 23, at 7 pm (St. John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia)
A practical, uniquely Episcopal take on evangelism that’s relational, mutual, and humble and inspiring. Reimagine evangelism and get ready to share and celebrate the love of God in new ways. Learn more at episcopalchurch.org/evangelism.

About Stephanie Spellers

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers serves as the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, helping Episcopalians to follow Jesus’ Way of Love and to grow loving, life-giving and liberating relationships with God, each other and the earth. The author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation—as well as The Episcopal Way and Companions on the Episcopal Way (with Eric Law)—she has directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary and as a canon in the Diocese of Long Island; founded The Crossing, a ground-breaking church within St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston; and led numerous church-wide renewal efforts. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, and a graduate of both Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, she makes her home today in New York’s Harlem neighborhood.
 
 

About Jeremy Tackett

Jeremy Tackett has been the Episcopal Church’s Digital Evangelist on the Presiding Bishop’s staff since early 2017, and has recently expanded his portfolio to include management of Creative Services for the Episcopal Church Office of Communication. He builds relationships, creates community, and fosters an aspirational online social presence by managing the church’s digital evangelism ministry.
 
Twitter + Instagram: @jeremytackett

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The “E” Word

by The Rev. Dr. Steve Danzey

It’s time we talked about the “E” Word. No, I don’t mean “e-mail” or “e-commerce.” I’m referring to a word that gives many of us the heebee-geebees (how’s that for a word choice?): Evangelism. In spite of all our fears and the many ways the word is abused, “evangelism” is a good word. Simply put, it means “to share good news.” This Sunday evening we have a wonderful opportunity to do evangelism and do it really well—sharing the good news about God’s love made known to us in the birth of Christ and the unique way our Good Samaritan community lives out our faith.

When I say doing evangelism really well, here’s what I mean: Sunday afternoon at 5 pm, we’re inviting our community to gather in our space to sing carols and songs that are as much a part of our culture as they are the Christian faith itself. Who doesn’t love a fun carol sing-along? Included in our gathering will be—you guessed it—food. Cookies. Dozens of cookies. Christmas cookies! And hot chocolate and cider. St. Nick will appear at some point to give out chocolate, too. Do I have your attention yet???!!!!

I encourage you to be here and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers this Sunday afternoon. Not only will it be a great community building event, but an opportunity to share the unique way we live out the Good News through fellowship, song, and hospitality. Based on the response so far, we’re anticipating quite a few folks from our Preschool and the community at large. Come a little early to grab a cookie or two and something to drink before we begin singing. And if you see someone here you don’t know, introduce yourself to them and let them know that they’re always welcome here at Good Samaritan. Just showing up and giving the gift of hospitality makes you an evangelist. It’s just that simple and easy!

E-xpectantly,

Fr. Steve+


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