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).

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Earth, in purple and beige hues. The oceans are in purple, and the beige land masses are textured to look like matzo crackers. The Earth floats in space with stars all around, but Earth also hovers above, and casts its shadow upon a giant rectangular matzo cracker.When the Earth Matters: An Interfaith Seder to Welcome Passover and Holy Week

Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Join Philadelphia PA Interfaith Power & Light for an evening of music, prayer, discussion, and symbolic foods. Draw from ancient traditions to deepen your understanding of climate justice.
At 8:30, we’ll join people around the world for “Earth Hour” by turning off electric lights and moving to the softer, greener light of solar lamps. There will be an opportunity to take action. All are welcome. $5 suggested donation. Reservations appreciated. Contact the Rev. Cheryl Pyrch, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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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 Service Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 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, 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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