The Rev. Melanie DuBoseThe Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a founding member of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (POWER), a faith-based community organizing project that includes 41 interfaith congregations throughout Philadelphia. Through the intentional development of grassroots engagement in congregations, POWER seeks to create positive structural and policy changes for the benefit of the most vulnerable members of our communities.

For our future. 100% fair funding day of action. Wednesday, June 12.

100% Fair Funding Day of Action

Wednesday, June 12 at 12 p.m. State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA

Buses leave St. Martin’s at 8 a.m. Let’s fill all 25 seats!
All PA children deserve a fully funded, robust education in our public schools. Join with us and other members of POWER to bring this message to Harrisburg and request our State Representatives’ support for House Bill 961. Bus space is dependent upon your RSVP.
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Why are we going to Harrisburg?
We are going to Harrisburg because students, teachers, clergy, and congregations across POWER agree that our students deserve better from Pennsylvania schools. Hundreds and hundreds of people of faith will converge on the State Capitol in Harrisburg with one thing in mind: Replace Pennsylvania’s system of EDUCATION APARTHEID with entirely fair school funding. We are rallying in support of House Bill 961 - The 100% Fair Funding Bill. HB 961 will divide 100% of Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Budget according to the just requirements of Pennsylvania’s Fair Funding Formula. If House Bill 961 passes, Philadelphia students will get millions more dollars per year. In order to get this bill passed, we need every single person that cares about education to be in Harrisburg on June 12th in order to show our representatives that this matters to us!

What are we going to do once we get there?
We will have a large rally at 12 PM, then we will march to every State Representative’s office to reinforce our demands around the Fair Funding Formula and House Bill 961.

When are we going to Harrisburg, and who is invited?
On June 12, students, parents, community activists, and faith leaders from different traditions will converge on the steps of the State Capitol for POWER’s “Educational Apartheid” Day of Action to demand equality for our children. Everyone is invited to join, but you will especially see POWER members from across the state there!

Are children welcome?
Of course!

Will there be food provided?
Yes, lunch and water will be provided

How are we getting there?
There will be buses leaving from all over the city in order to bring us there! Check the RSVP link at tinyurl.com/powerharrisburg. They all leave at slightly different times, so be sure to check to see when your bus leaves!

Do I need to register to go?
Yes! Every individual person, even if they are not taking a bus and getting themselves to Harrisburg, needs to register at tinyurl.com/powerharrisburg.

21st Century Declaration of Rights for a Better America

POWER and its partners in MLK DARE (Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment) developed a 21st Century Declaration of Rights for a Better America to explore what justice may mean in our city, in our times. These are the principles:

    1. The right to representative democracy which promotes policies that value the humanity of all people equally, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion or national origin, and preserves and expands their right to vote, freedom of association and communication.
    2. The right to be free from all forms of racism: intentional, unintentional, implicit, explicit, institutional, personal, disparate treatment, and disparate impact.
    3. The right to shared prosperity, which includes, but is not limited to, full employment, a living wage, a guaranteed income, pay equity for women, and hunger-free communities for all.
    4. The right to care for our common home, the earth, which includes clean energy and water policies that promote the earth’s health and well-being.
    5. The right to a fairly- and fully-funded quality public education for all children.
    6. The right to affordable, quality housing for all, which includes policies that end gentrification in our cities.
    7. The right to health care for all, including policies that fully fund Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.
    8. The right to equal justice for all, from a civilian police force and criminal justice system free from excessive force, racial discrimination, police brutality, mass incarceration, and prison for-profit corporations.
    9. The right to a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants.
    10. The right to unionize and collectively bargain.

Read the full text of the MLK DARE 21st Century Declaration of Rights.

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Minimum Wage

Why POWER supports a $15 minimum wage - September 2015 update(PDF)

Education Funding

PA Budget Stalemate (PDF)
PA School Funding Differences (PDF)
Who Receives Less Funding? (PDF)

PA State Supreme Court - November 2015 Election

What’s at stake this November? (PDF)

CAP Comcast

Why CAP Comcast? (PDF)
Voter Engagement 2014
Good Airport Jobs for Philadelphians - Policy Summary
Photos from Voices of POWER on January 26, 2014

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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