Seattle Diocese seeks new Bishop columnist Joel Connelly has a report from the “walk-abouts” going on in the Diocese of Olympia in preparation for the diocesan election of a new bishop:

As five candidates vying to become Western Washington’s new Episcopal bishop were driven here to meet the faithful at a “Walkabout,” their bus broke down.

Was it a warning from the Holy Spirit? The mainstream Protestant churches in these parts, especially the troubled Diocese of Olympia, badly need tuneups and a new battery.

Seattle is the least “churched” of America’s major cities. Despite — or because of — that fact, the area’s churches have displayed ingenuity in good works and witness.

For a frank discussion of the challenges facing the Diocese of Olympia, read the rest of the article here.

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