In an historic decision that revealed a deepening, unified faith among Anglican believers in the Pacific Northwest, eight Anglican congregations in Western Washington joined together to become The Diocese of Cascadia. The Anglican Church in North America received this new “diocese-in-formation” in June, 2009 at its inaugural assembly.
Three months earlier [March 7], lay and clergy representatives from seven Anglican churches had gathered at St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Shoreline, Washington for the first Synod meeting of what was to become the new Diocese. Formal application for membership as a “diocese-in-formation” in the newly formed Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) followed a few days later with St. Barnabas, St. Paul’s (Shoreline), St. Brendan’s (Bellingham), St. Charles (Poulsbo), St. Stephen’s (Oak Harbor) [now Grace by the Sea], St. Ursula’s (Sultan), and Trinity (Mt. Vernon) as the founding congregations. A new church plant, Resurrection, Fircrest was also represented.
The Rt. Rev. Richard Boyce of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) was elected Vicar General of what the founders prayed would ultimately become a geographical Diocese encompassing Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
Two years later, at its June 25, 2011 meeting of Synod, Bishop Boyce was able to announce that the Diocese had grown to 11 congregations with an additional congregation then in formation, thus fulfilling the ACNA requirements of becoming a member Diocese with its own bishop. The Synod then elected, by a unanimous vote, the Rev. Kevin Bond Allen, rector of St Brendan’s Anglican Church, as its first bishop. He was consecrated and installed on September 30, 2011.
There are now 22 congregations affiliated with the Diocese of Cascadia.
If you would like, you can view the service of Consecration and installation of Bishop Kevin here.