Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia known as the Episcopal Church in Western Washington, is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in Washington state west of the Cascade Range. It is one of 17 dioceses and an area mission that make up Province 8; the diocese started as a missionary district in 1853 and was formally established in 1910. It comprises 25,490 members in 92 congregations; the name of the diocese refers to the region of "Olympia" and is not related to the state capital Olympia. The see city is Seattle, with Seattle the cathedral church of the diocese; the diocese is led by the 8th Bishop of Olympia. On May 12, 2007, the Rev. Gregory Rickel, 43, rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, Texas, was elected 8th bishop of Olympia, he was elected on the third ballot with four others on the ballot, including Nedi Rivera the diocese's suffragan bishop. Rickel was confirmed by a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees, his consecration was on September 15, 2007 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.
These are the bishops who have served the territory now known as the Diocese of Olympia: Thomas Fielding Scott Benjamin Wistar Morris John A. Paddock William Morris Barker Frederick W. Keator Frederick W. Keator S. Arthur Huston Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. William F. Lewis Ivol Ira Curtis Robert H. Cochrane Vincent Waydell Warner, Jr. Sanford Zangwill Kaye Hampton Bavi Edna Rivera, Suffragan Bishop Gregory Rickel The Diocese owns a summer camp located in Gold Bar, WA next to the Wallace Falls State Park. Director Bill Tubbs for the last 20 years has overseen operation of both the Conference and Summer Camp seasons. List of Succession of Bishops for the Episcopal Church, USA Official Web site of the Episcopal Church Episcopal Diocese of Olympia website St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral Huston Camp and Conference Center website
General Theological Seminary
The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church is a seminary of the Episcopal Church in the United States located between West 20th and 21st Streets and Ninth and Tenth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Founded in 1817, GTS is the oldest seminary of the Episcopal Church and a leading center of theological education in the Anglican Communion; the seminary was chartered by an act of the Episcopal Church's General Convention and its name was chosen to reflect its founders vision that it be a seminary to serve the whole Church. Throughout its history, GTS has occupied a mediating position between the broad church tradition and Anglo-Catholicism and its faculty reflect the moderate-to-liberal consensus on moral and theological issues espoused by the Episcopal Church. In May 1817 General Convention, the governing body of the Episcopal Church, met in New York City and passed two resolutions: first, to found a general Episcopal seminary to be supported by the whole church.
This was emended in 1820 to remove the school to New Haven, but in 1821 the will of Trinity Church vestry member Jacob Sherred unexpectedly heeded the words of his friend John Pintard and directed that his entire fortune of around $60,000 should be paid when:... There shall be established within the state of New-York, under the direction or by the authority of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, or of the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New-York, a College, School, or Seminary, for the education of young men designed for holy orders in the Protestant Episcopal Church; the newly established diocesan school in New York expected to be the beneficiary and Bishop Hobart published his thanks for the gift in the April 4 New York Evening Post, since the General Seminary had begun its 1820 term in Connecticut. A special convocation of the bishops was hastily arranged, it was agreed to return the school to New York City in order to claim Sherred's grant, although the Virginia deputies continued to bemoan that the seminary should be "placed under more favorable auspices for the promotion of what we to be sound views of the Gospel and the Church than it would be in New York".
Duncan Cameron mollified them and convinced one to note that "the evil of the undue influence of New York in the General Seminary... would be chiefly at the beginning, would be decreasing every year". With some stipulations concerning its governance, Bishop Hobart consented to the union of the diocesan school with the General Seminary rather than contesting the inheritance; the unified school opened for the spring term of 1822. Other parishioners of Trinity Church went on to support the once more local institution. Clement Clarke Moore, famous for penning A Visit from St. Nicholas, owned the estate "Chelsea", which included most of what would become the Manhattan neighborhood by that name. A member of Trinity Church, he donated 66 tracts of land—which was his apple orchard—to become the site of the new seminary, it was not, until 1827 that the seminary occupied that land. Other figures influential in the founding of the seminary include Theodore Dehon, William White, John Henry Hobart. Bishop Hobart served as the seminary's first dean, after which the Bishop of New York served in this capacity until the 1850s.
In 1878, Eugene Augustus Hoffman – said to be the richest clergyman in the world due to his extensive real estate holdings – was appointed dean. Under his tenure, the seminary saw tremendous growth, both in facilities. Dean Hoffman's "grand design" was for the seminary's Chelsea campus to be built on an Oxford model, with neo-Gothic buildings facing onto a central quadrangle or Close. Dean Hoffman's most influential addition to the seminary's campus was the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, begun in 1886, completed two years and became known as the "Jewel of Chelsea Square." Its set of 15 tubular bells is the oldest extant in this country, with tubes by John Harrington of Coventry, England. The tower chime is played daily by members of the seminary's Guild of Chimers to call the community to worship. Architect Charles C. Haight designed and supervised construction of most of the buildings on Chelsea Square while Haight's father, Benjamin I. Haight, was the first priest at nearby St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Due to growing housing needs for married students, GTS acquired 422 West 20th Street, a residential building opposite the seminary's 20th Street gate in March 1957. A renovation and expansion of the seminary's buildings facing 10th Avenue was completed in 2007, when the Desmond Tutu Center opened. Named for Desmond Tutu, former visiting professor at GTS and retired archbishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, the Tutu Center operates as a hotel and conference center. In 2007 the seminary engaged in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, along with general operating costs, by converting many of its buildings to geothermal heating and cooling. In 2007, the seminary, in need of funds, sold Sherrill Hall, a 1960s building along 9th Ave to the Brodsky Organization for the construction of a residential condominium building; the Chelsea Enclave was completed in 2010 and contains 53 residential units as well as retail space, an underground parking garage, the seminary's new Keller Library.
The seminary's main entrance is now located on 21st Street between 10th Avenues. Still facing financial difficulties, General Theological Seminary is engaged in its Plan to Choo