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.

Come Experience POWER

As a member of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild), St. Martin’s learns and uses faith-based organizing to create a city of opportunity that works for all. Three teams foster economic justice, educational justice and racial justice.

Economic Dignity’s team concentrates on three priorities: researching meetings with city council members to raise the city’s minimum wage; promoting local green jobs to expand solar power from .5% to 20% by 2025 through solar energy installations in low income neighborhoods; and developing a public bank so our city’s money stays in the city rather than going into fees to huge banks that drain our resources.

The Education Team has joined Our City, Our Schools to press for a return to local control of our schools.

The Live Free racial justice campaign includes work on keeping peoples’ bodies safe through safe havens, sanctuaries and reforming the justice system.

If you are interested in getting involved, consider this list of trainings to increase our skills for social justice. Watch POWER’s calendar at POWERInterfaith.org for details.

February 28

New Landscapes in Education in PA
Learn about the political power map in Harrisburg as it affects education. This session will be held at 2nd Baptist Church of Germantown (6459 G’town Ave) Pizza, orientation, and conversation at 5:30 p.m., session from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

March 15

Social Media for Faithful Resistance

April 6

Black Work Matters Report
This is a comprehensive report of the history of poverty and racism in the Philadelphia work place. The report proposes big categories such as Racial Justice through Unionization; Raising the Minimum Wage to $15; Developing Local Green Jobs; Using City Assets Including the Development of a Public Bank. Time and place TBD.

EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team), in partnership with POWER, has scheduled trainings also. All times and locations will be posted on the website eqat.org/trainings.

March 19

Beyond Marches and Rallies
Tired of the same tactics? Practice designing inventive actions, and share ideas for creative, strategic tactics.
*At the same time* EQAT will hold a Youth-focused training for organizing powerful young voices.

April 2

Grounding for Civil Disobedience
The struggle for justice is not a sprint. Learn more about what grounds us for the long haul, how to escalate, and how to keep your power in civil disobedience.

Join our Local Organizing Committee.

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.

It is our collective belief that these principles - rooted in the sacred texts and practices of our shared faith traditions - we will create a fairer, more just, more prosperous, more diverse and more inclusive society. Now is the time to act!

MLK DARE March Follow-Up

Mother Bethel AME Church was the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in the U.S. There, 200 years ago, three thousand free black men stood against plans to send free African Americans “back” to Africa. On the anniversary of that meeting, this past Monday Jan 16, a determined crowd of three thousand including 15 from St. Martins gathered outside Mother Bethel to declare allegiance to the human right of just and equal treatment for all.

The speakers included clergy of various faiths, labor leaders, elected officials, students and activists in the Black Lives Matter movement. The crowd heard poetry from high school students and from poet and activist Sonia Sanchez, who said, “I woke up this morning with my mind on Brother Martin….”
Many in the crowd carried signs calling for quality public education for all, fair housing, racial equality and an end to racism, and especially to the danger of a quick move by the new administration against people’s healthcare and the Affordable Care Act.

The Rev. Mark Tyler, senior pastor of Mother Bethel and chair of the rally, reminded everyone that the event was about organizing as well as demonstrating, saying, “We want to make sure that everyone leaves here with a connection to some group.”
The march and rally was organized by the MLK Dare Coalition, and had broad sponsorship from labor, faith-based and religious groups, women’s rights groups, and student groups to name only a few.

Watch a video from the rally here!

Learn More

What is POWER? (PDF)
Like POWER on Facebook to get event updates and more.

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 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.

Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to 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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