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Bishop Rickel To Be In Residence

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, will be in residence from Sept. 24–28. There will be a reception for him in Hamilton Hall on Sept. 25, from 4:15 to 5:10.

Also in attendance on this day will be the Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, bishop of the Diocese of Iowa; the Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, bishop of the Diocese of Texas; and the Rt. Rev. Michael P. Milliken, bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas, and his wife, Kathy.

Rickel was ordained bishop on Sept. 15, 2007. At the time of his election, Rickel was the rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. Previously he served as the vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Ark. He was ordained deacon in July 1996 and priest in January 1997. Before ordination to the priesthood he was a hospital administrator in Arkansas and Texas.

Rickel has served the wider church as a stewardship consultant for the Stewardship Office of the Episcopal Church and for the Episcopal Network for Stewardship. He also served on the Resolution B004 Mission Funding Task Force and as an Episcopal representative to the Earth Charter meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Rickel is a trainer for the Climate Project. He has received training from the National Organization for Victim Assistance and has worked on disaster debriefing for the Arkansas Attorney General Office.

Rickel embraces radical hospitality that welcomes all, no matter where they find themselves on their journey of faith. He envisions a church that is a safe and authentic community in which to explore God’s infinite goodness and grace as revealed in the life and continuing revelation of Jesus Christ. As bishop of Olympia, he has articulated a vision with three main mission foci: congregational development, concentration on those 35 years of age and under, and stewardship of all creation.