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The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

Prayers of the People

Prayers for Rev. Cirilo DelCarmen (HR)

Seattle Presbytery

Cirilo was recently diagnosed with Malignant Pancreatic Cancer, stage 4.   He is in San Antonio TX under the care of the Medical Cancer Specialist Team at the MD Anderson connected with the University of Texas.

Cirilo’s family is requesting prayers for his comfort, peace of mind and whatever types of miracles God will throw into the mix.

To send messages to Cirilo and his family, contact communications AT for contact information.

Remembering Rev. Kunnan Chen (HR)

Seattle Presbytery

From Rev. Angela Miksovsky (English Ministry Pastor, First Taiwanese Church of Seattle):

It is with both sadness and joy that I share the news that Pastor Kunnan Chen recently went home to the Lord on 6/14 at 9:35PM. He served faithfully at Seattle Taiwanese Christian Church for many years, retired honorably. He most recently worshipped at Bellevue Taiwanese Christian Church. I remember the gentleness, persistence, and grace with which he pastored us and with which he bore the burden of his Parkinson’s as it progressed. He was 80 years old and served faithfully, kneeling by his bedside and holding God’s church especially in Taiwan in his prayers always. His memorial service will be on 7/13/2019 at 10:30 at Bellevue Taiwanese Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughters, and grandsons. We gave thanks for his faithful ministry to us always.

Remembering Rev. James Mulligan (HR)

Seattle Presbytery

The Reverend James Mulligan, 76, passed away quickly and peacefully early Thursday morning, February 14, following eight years living with Alzheimer’s.  He was a gentle man, with a loving, helping heart, and a willingness to take unassuming leadership roles when and where needed, often behind the scene, and always with a great sense of humor.

Jim and his twin brother, Timothy, were born November 17, 1942, to Frank and Marjorie Mulligan, in Los Angeles, California.  His family moved to Marietta, Georgia, where he graduated from Marietta High School, and Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. He earned his MDiv to become a Presbyterian minister from Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, in 1968.   With acceptance by Seattle Presbytery, Jim moved to Seattle in 1971 to become Pastoral Counselor at Presbyterian Counseling Service, (now Samaritan Center).  He became an Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists in 1979.  Jim was recognized as an exceptional Family Therapist and Supervisor, serving for twenty-five years.

In June 1981, Jim married his loving wife of 38 years, Ruth Voskuyl Ferguson, and stepped into the role of engaged stepfather to Leslie, 14, and Karrie, 13.

Following a wilderness river canoe trip in northern British Columbia, Jim and Ruth were inspired to embark in a new direction. In 1992 they co-founded Earth Ministry, an ecumenical religious environmental non-profit, with Carla Berkedal Pryne, Episcopal priest.  By 1996, Jim had moved to full-time involvement, becoming Executive Director.  Jim served as a visionary leader for seven years, followed by eight years as devoted editor of the mini-journal, “Earth Letter”.

Jim relished his time spent in nature at their beloved cabin on Harstine Island.  He was an avid photographer of nature (especially birds) and family activities.  The last six years of his life, he enjoyed participating actively in the dementia-friendly activities of the “Momentia” community (  Jim was appreciated for his warm smile, big hugs, great sense of humor, and beautiful singing voice.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; brother, Tim (Kyle); stepdaughters Leslie David (Chris), and Karrie Sutkus (Don); and grandchildren Justin, Kaitlyn, Heather, and Erika.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s honor can be made to Earth Ministry’s Jim Mulligan Memorial Fund (  A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, March 9, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1:00pm.  Jim’s online Guestbook is at

Remembering Rev. Roger Smith (HR)

Seattle Presbytery

January 30, 2019:

Please join us in praying for family and friends of Rev. Roger Smith, Honorably Retired minister of Seattle Presbytery and former pastor of Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church.  He died on January 30, 2019 at the age of 81.

Memorial information from Rainier Beach PC: 

Dearly beloved former pastor Roger Smith will be celebrated and remembered in a memorial service on February 23, 2 pm, at Maple Valley Church, 22659 Sweeney Rd. SE, Maple Valley, WA.

Remembering Bob Whitford (BelPres)

Seattle Presbytery

Update from Rev. Scott Mann, BelPres:

Bob Whitford graduated to the Church Triumphant Tuesday, Dec 11 peacefully having been in an adult care home and hospice for some time. What a gift to the Presbyterian Church USA he has been for many, many years! Please keep Bob’s family and friends in prayer.

Prayers for Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey

Seattle Presbytery

‘It’s hard to comprehend such a presence becoming frail’

Theological Education December 14, 2018

Liturgical theologian Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey’s ‘extraordinary mind’ is being taken from her

By Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service

Friends say their hearts break watching Alzheimer’s disease diminish the brilliant mind of liturgical theologian Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey. (Contributed photo)

LOUISVILLE — The last time the Rev. Dr. David Batchelder saw renowned liturgical theologian Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey was over Thanksgiving.

At about that time, her hospice chaplain had contacted the Presbyterian Center to ask for a picture of the tapestry hanging outside the chapel. Wilkey had commissioned it for World Communion Sunday, when she had worked here in the nineties in the Office of Theology and Worship.   She’d used it as a cover for a book she published on Worship and Culture, which was a significant part of her life’s work.

Read more online.

Rev. Richard T. Nishioka (HR) Memorial

Seattle Presbytery

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The Rev. Richard “Dick” Nishioka passed away September 28, 2018.

A Celebration of Life service is planned for Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 2 PM at Japanese Presbyterian Church of Seattle, which Dick served as Associate Pastor (1967–71) and then Pastor (1971–97) until his retirement.

Dick was Moderator of the Synod of Alaska-Northwest (1974), chaired the Permanent Committee on Nominations for the General Assembly (1982), and was Moderator of the Presbytery of Seattle (1988). He also served on and/or chaired COM, the Long Range Planning Committee, the Missions and Evangelism Committee, and the Presbyterian Urban Ministry Parish (P.U.M.P.) of the Presbytery and the Racial Ethnic as well as Self-Development of People Committees of the Synod.

Dick was preceded in death by wife Alice (2012).

We join Dick and Alice's sons Jason, Rodger, Gar (Michele), and Brandon (Vicki), and grandchildren Jayna and Cameron in their sorrow at his passing and thanksgiving for his warm and winsome witness to Jesus Christ.

The family requests that any memorial gifts be made to the Japanese Presbyterian Church of Seattle or the National Park Foundation.

Japanese Presbyterian Church of Seattle
1801 24th Ave S
Seattle WA 98144

Please call (206-323-5990) or email ( with any questions about the service.

Celebrating Esther Laing's Life

Seattle Presbytery

Esther Laing

Esther Laing

Rev. Eliana Maxim’s beloved sister, Esther Laing, died on October 3, 2018.  Thank you for your outpouring of prayers and support for Esther’s family.

Join us in a celebration of Esther’s life on

Sunday, October 28 at 2pm at
Overlake Park Presbyterian Church.

In keeping with Esther’s wishes, you are invited to:
wear your favorite church hat, or
wear her favorite color purple.

In lieu of flowers, we kindly request you consider making a donation to:

Insulin for Life, a non-profit that provides life saving insulin and diabetic supplies to Type 1 diabetic children around the world.

You can either mail a check to:

Insulin for Life USA, Inc.
5745 SW 75th Street, #116
Gainesville, Florida 32608 

or visit:

Please be sure to indicate this donation is in memory of Esther Laing.

Remembering Rev. Gordon Schweitzer (HR)

Seattle Presbytery

Prayers of condolences and comfort to Thea Schweitzer and her family on the passing of her husband, Rev. Gordon Schweitzer (HR, Seattle Presbytery). Updates on his memorial service will be posted when details are available.

Rev. Melvin R. Lord-Unruh (HR) Memorial

Seattle Presbytery

Rev. Melin R. Lord-Unruh (HR) passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018. Please join us in praying for his family and Summit Avenue PC. 

His memorial service is scheduled for August 11, 1:00pm at Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church, 403 S Summit Ave, Bremerton, WA 98312.

Remembering Gordon Siddons

Seattle Presbytery

Elder Gordon Siddons (Wedgwood Presbyterian Church) died on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. He previously served as moderator of Seattle Presbytery and on the finance committee. Please join us in praying for his family and congregation at Wedgwood PC.

Gordon's memorial service will be on Sunday, July 1 at 7:00pm at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

More updates available online.

Remembering Shelley Dahl

Seattle Presbytery

Shelley's Dahl's Memorial and Celebration:

Wednesday, September 27, 10:00am

Mercer Island PC, 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA.

Lunch reception immediately following at Women's University Club, 1105 6th Ave, Seattle, WA.

August 3, 2017 Update from Shelley's sons:

Dear friends and loved ones,

At 5:50am this morning, our beloved mom finished her journey on this earth.  Her decline was rapid and her death came as a surprise so soon.  We hoped to have more good days with her and time for friends and family to visit and say good bye.  

Hunter and I have agreed to open mom's home for visitors today (August 3) from 8am until 8:30pm (when the funeral home will come to pick up her body this evening).  We welcome any and all visitors today to bring a cutting or two from your garden to place next to her body.  Mom loved gardens and cut flowers so much; so it seems appropriate to surround her with beauty and love as her body is prepared for its final journey.  

I'm at a loss for words right now.  All morning long I've had the lines of David Whyte's poem "FINISTERRE".  May it bring you peace, as it does to me, and may you all know how much you are loved and appreciated by me and our family.  


The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken,
into the western sea, and the moon rising behind you
as you stood where ground turned to ocean: no way
to your future now but the way your shadow could take,
walking before you across water, going where shadows go,
no way to make sense of a world that wouldn't let you pass
except to call an end to the way you had come,
to take out each frayed letter you had brought
and light their illumined corners; and to read
them as they drifted on the late western light;
to empty your bags; to sort this and to leave that;
to promise what you needed to promise all along,
and to abandon the shoes that brought you here
right at the water's edge, not because you had given up
but because now, you would find a different way to tread,
and because, through it all, part of you would still walk on,
no matter how, over the waves.

- David Whyte


I will do my best to write again when we have more information about mom's memorial.

With broken hearts overflowing with love, sadness, and gratitude,

Adam & Hunter

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The Presbytery of Seattle grieves with Shelley's family at the loss of our dear friend, colleague and presbyter.  "For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s." (Romans 14:8)

Dear Seattle Presbytery Friends,

Please keep Shelley Dahl and her family in your prayers as Shelley moves into Hospice Care this week. As you know, Shelley's cancer diagnosis was met with the grace and fortitude we have seen her possess throughout her life and ministry. She continues to be her authentic, beautiful self and has decided to spend this time with family and close friends under the care of professionals who will keep her comfortable.

Our prayer is that Shelley will have as many "good days" as possible and that she feels the full measure of God's love and presence with her. We pray for her family - that they are all able to spend time together surrounded by God's love and comfort.

While in the hospital last week for a procedure to assist with pain, Shelley received over 700 text messages from friends! She is overwhelmed with gratitude for all of your love and support, but unfortunately she is no longer able to reply. 

If you are a close friend and would like to visit, please contact her son, Adam, at He will let you know when/if she is up for visits. 

All are invited to send notes of encouragement and love to:

Shelley Dahl
c/o Seattle Presbytery
1013  8th Avenue
Seattle, WA  98104

We are both so grateful for the Seattle Presbytery community and the tremendous amount of support and encouragement we share in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your prayers - and thank you for the ways you are loving God's people in the midst of loss and grief.


Eliana Maxim and Becki Barrett

Rev. Dennis Hughes (HR) Memorial

Seattle Presbytery

Seattle Presbytery received word today that the Rev. Dennis Hughes passed away very early Easter Sunday morning, April 16.

Northminster Presbyterian Church will host a service of witness to the resurrection on May 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness; Compassion, Peace and Justice Program. Please make checks payable to The Presbyterian Church Office of Public Witness and mailed to Northwest Coast Presbytery at 1010 E. Casino Road, Everett, WA. 98203.

We join Dennis' wife Ann and the Hughes family in their grief and yet rejoice that our friend and colleague has now joined the church triumphant and completed his baptism.

Rev. Henry Littlejohn (HR) Memorial

Seattle Presbytery

Rev. Dr. Henry Littlejohn passed away January 8, 2017 in Shoreline, WA. He was preceded in death by parents, Henry Sr. and Grace Littlejohn, wife, Dorothy Littlejohn, and sister, Alice Pattison. He is survived by three daughters, Chris Wheeler, Carol Johnson, and Marilyn Littlejohn, as well as two grandsons, Kevin and Krister Johnson.

Having served in the merchant marine during WW II, Henry attained the rank of 2nd Mate. He was buried in the Tahoma National Cemetery.

Henry served s a missionary (UPUSA) to the National Synod of Syria and Lebanon from 1953-1969. He subsequently pastored the community churches of Dupont/Tillicum, WA (1969-74), The United Church of the Upper Hood River Valley, Parkdale, OR (1974-82), and the Presbyterian Church of Craig, Alaska (1982-86). Post-retirement, he served as the Stated Supply Pastor of the Duwamish Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA. 

Henry was born January 20, 1924 in Seattle, WA. He graduated from Queen Anne High School and Seattle Pacific College.

A life-long scholar, Henry earned three MA's (Cal Berkeley, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary) and a PhD (William Carey International University). He served as an adjunct professor at William Carey Int'l University and Seattle Pacific University, lecturing on Islamic Civilization and Theology of Mission from 1970 to the early 1990's. His magnum opus was a translation of The Book of Patience and Thankfulness by Islamic philosopher, Al-Ghazali. He also mentored PhD students studying Arabic.

Henry's memorial will be at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shoreline, WA. Sunday, April 30th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Venture International, PO Box 1582, Mesa, AZ 85211 to benefit relief work in the Middle East (designate Littlejohn memorial). Donations online at relief.