Climate Action Team of St. Martin’s

The Climate Action Team is a group of people concerned about global warming and seeking a prayerful and hope- and faith-filled approach to solving this problem. We offer programs, liturgies, and actions with the goal of lessening our collective impact on this beautiful planet.

PA Interfatith Power & Light We are affiliated with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. For more information, please contact Kathy Greely at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Jess Ballenger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bless the Riders and Luncheon on Earth Day with the Climate Action Team

Sunday, April 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the Houston Room

This May several cyclists, including our own Jess Ballenger, will carry our concerns for the climate all the way to our elected officials in Washington DC. Along the way they will speak with people of faith about our shared love for the earth. And they will raise money to support the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, a St. Martin’s partner. Cyclists Jess Ballenger and Rabbi Nathan Martin, along with PA IPL Executive Director Alison Cornish, will be at St. Martin’s on Earth Day, April 28, to receive a blessing at our 10:30 a.m. service. They will also be on hand to talk more about the trip and the work of PA IPL at a fundraising luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in the Houston Room. The luncheon, $10 a plate, is sponsored by St. Martin’s Climate Action Team. Questions? Contact Barb Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Paradise Lost…and Restored: A Benefit Concert for California Fire Relief

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

St. Martin’s Climate Action Team hosts this concert to raise funds for Episcopal Relief & Development’s California fire relief fund. The tragedy of Paradise calls our attention to the increasing frequency of “natural” disasters associated with climate change, whether in California, Houston, Puerto Rico, or right here in Philadelphia.
Tickets to the concert are $20 each, purchased ahead, or $25 at the door. Door tickets will be cash or check only.

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Progress Report: 5 Years of Community Engagement 2013-2018—Climate Action Team

St. Martin’s Climate Action Team has focused on the ways our faith response calls us to weave climate considerations into many of our ministries in both spiritual and practical ways. Each year we start with a retreat to reflect on current needs in our community, and to discern how the gifts of our team will enable us to respond. Projects we tackle are led by a “champion” who shepherds each project to completion. This structure allows busy individuals to be as involved as they are able.  Over the past five years, projects have included: Buttercup Cottage clean-ups, solstice walks, decluttering Christmas workshops, Parish Forums on sustainability, energy benchmarking of our properties, support for sustainable initiatives in the Feasibility Study for the Church property, Earth Hour celebrations, advocacy training, reading groups, movie screenings and Earth Day activities. A collaboration with PA Interfaith Power & Light, funded by Community Engagement, is developing a Climate Action Toolkit designed to spread the effective strategies pioneered at St. Martin’s to other congregations.
Read the full Community Engagement Progress Report.

Climate Action Team embarks on new partnership

September 2017

St. Martin’s Climate Action Team has begun a joint project with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) that will strengthen climate action efforts parish-wide while aiding in the development of resources that PA IPL can share with other faith communities.

PA IPL is the Pennsylvania affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light, a national organization that engages people of faith on climate justice, from reducing their own carbon footprint to advocating for policies and practices that slow climate change and mitigate its effects. St. Martin’s is a congregational member of PA IPL.

In this new partnership, funded as a project of Community Engagement, PA IPL will work collaboratively with St. Martin’s in a three-year relationship to develop a model of whole-congregation climate justice involvement that will then be shared with other congregations, first in Philadelphia, then across Pennsylvania.
Since it began in 2015, St. Martin’s Climate Action Team has offered more than 30 parish activities promoting climate justice and care, such as offering Parish Forums, facilitating reading groups, leading invasive species removal, and engaging parishioners in climate advocacy.  Its aim in this three-year relationship with PA IPL is to be able to organize, initiate, and support the parish as it engages more fully in the work of climate justice. This approach reflects the objective of the Community Engagement Committee “to build reciprocal relationships or partnerships with grantees through volunteer involvement from the church community in active, hands-on, and relationship-building ways with [a] partner organization.”

Examples of ongoing parish-wide engagement on climate justice include:

    Learning more about climate change and understanding its impacts both locally and globally, and how it intersects with other social justice issues.
    Engaging children and families in hands-on care for the earth.
    Making a difference on policy that affects climate change.
    Experiencing the Christian call to care for the earth in liturgy and spirituality.
    Employing sustainable and green practices in daily parish life as well as in larger construction projects.

PA IPL’s initial work with St. Martin’s will include providing consultation in program planning and offering training and practical support in engagement skills such as relationship-building, asset mapping, appreciative inquiry, organizing, mentoring and sustained advocacy. Formal evaluation and reflection on the effectiveness of these efforts would inform and shape the tool kit that PA IPL ultimately develops for wider use among its member congregations.

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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