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Bishop Rickel continues as the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia

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Dear Ones,
A little over a year ago we embarked together on a journey of discernment and listening. This journey was sparked by a vow I made in the episcopate election of 2007 in which I stated i would probably leave this position in 10-12 years. If you have watched the videos I have made about this, and/or attended many of the “Walk Again” listening sessions of this past year, you know about how all of this transpired. I felt it very important that I honor that vow and that we review it careful together. I appreciate the way the Standing Committee, and especially its President, the Rev. Arienne Davison, took up that challenge and has let us in that process this past year. I continue to believe what I said at the beginning of this journey, that regardless of the outcome we would learn and grow from the process. I believe that has happened.