December Special Events
Advent Quiet Day at St. Hugh
Saturday, December 21
St. Hugh will be open to the community for a Quiet Day from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 21, in order to provide a quiet sanctuary away from the busyness of the holiday season.
The day will begin with Morning Prayer at 10:00. There will be three times of corporate gathering throughout the day for meditations led by The Rev. Robin Moore. The theme of the day will be the use of icons, particularly of Mary, as windows into the creative point where matter and spirit meet. The time in-between meditations and corporate gathering will be in silence, allowing space for private meditation, reading, journaling, or walking the labyrinth.
Please bring a sack lunch and your icons are welcome.
If you cannot attend the Quiet Day for the full four hours, you are welcome to come for a period of silence and prayer which fits your own schedule. It will be appreciated if you come on the half-hour in order to keep the coming and going at a minimum.
If you have any further questions, please contact the St. Hugh office on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM – 360-275-8450.
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Come and visit and we'll do our best to make you feel welcome and at home. Church-going experience is not required -- just a desire for community and spiritual fellowship.
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"There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of service, but the same
Lord. . .to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
St. Hugh is a Total Common Ministry Congregation of the Diocese of Olympia, the Episcopal Church in Western Washington. The worship and practice of the Episcopal Church is centered in the Sacraments and the Sacrament of Holy Communion (Eucharist) is our primary form of worship.
Like most Episcopal churches, we're a family-sized congregation. However, unlike traditional Episcopal churches, our clergy are locally trained, side by side with other leaders called by the congregation to serve.
In Total Common Ministry, we “unpack the one man band,” the hierarchical model of ministry. We believe that we are gathered to be a ministering community, rather than a community gathered around a minister. This transformative model, rooted in our Baptismal Covenant, stresses that every member of the body has been given gifts, and has been called to serve God and community in a particular way.
Of our six regular preachers, four are members of the congregation who are not ordained but who have been licensed by the Bishop to serve in this way, and two are ordained priests. Having many preachers means that we have a rich variety of voices and perspectives in the pulpit.
We have five ordained clergy, both active and retired, and another four in the Diocesan process that can lead to ordination. Having many clergy members is an outward and visible sign of the importance of the sacraments in our worship.
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of
the least of these who are members of my
family, you did it to me."
None of our members or clergy receives a salary from St. Hugh, which means we have more resources to help in outreach to the larger community. Our outreach ministries cover a wide range of community needs. If you desire to serve, you will find many opportunities here.
"Will you strive for justice and peace
among all people, and respect
the dignity of every human being?"
Baptismal Covenant, The Book of Common Prayer
We are a progressive, inclusive, and forward-looking congregation. We are committed to welcome and include ALL people in our life and worship.
We are sensitive to issues of peace and justice in the world. We dedicate one service a month to special prayers with this focus.
Our outreach ministries reflect an emphasis on the theology and practice of social justice issues.
Our various group studies are wide-ranging, open-minded, and often challenging.
We also know how to have fun.
ABOUT TOTAL COMMON MINISTRY
An article by the Rev. Jennifer Pratt, TCM priest at St. Hugh (ret.) -- read in a new page, or download in PDF format
"Introduction to Total Common Ministry"