Supporting Syrian Refugees through the Diocese of Olympia.  An Appeal from St. Mark’s Cathedral.   

Bishop Rickel and I were discussing the Syrian refugee crisis and ways we can help, especially as some states are refusing to accept the estimated 11,000 men, women and children expected to come to the United States in the next year. I am proud to be a part of a diocese who has risen to the occasion before-in the 1970s with refugees from Southeast Asia, and since then with refugees from Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

We stand at the crossroad of another crisis of great human suffering, and we have the opportunity to respond. Now is the time, this is the place. We are Christ’s hands and heart here and now. Will you join me in sending money to the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office to support the Syrian refugees who are coming our way?

We have set a goal of raising $60,000 in the next 60 days for Syrian refugee relief. To that end, St. Mark’s Cathedral has sent $21,000 to the diocese as the start, and I hope you and your congregation will join in this effort. Together we will make a difference.

You can donate through the diocesan office by clicking here. One-hundred percent of your gift will go to the Refugee Resettlement Office to support Syrians who are coming to our state.

I bid your prayers for all those struggling to start life anew, to escape violence and create safe settings in which to raise their children, and I bid your prayers for our wonderful team at the Refugee Resettlement Office.

Blessings and peace,
The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean, St. Mark’s Cathedral