Racial Justice

Becoming Beloved Community: A Process for Racial Justice

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About Becoming Beloved Community

At St. Martin’s we use the phrase Becoming Beloved Community to describe the parish’s ongoing work of inclusion, transformation, and public witness aimed at racial justice. The effort flows from the parish’s aspirational value to become a racism-free and diverse community that reflects the city where we worship.

St. Martin’s work to undo racism includes evaluating our own institutional structure regarding race, offering educational programming on racism, and committing to public witness in response to racism in our community and beyond.

Working with Intention

In 2017, the parish created a framework outlining ways it can be even more intentional on education, public witness, and self-evaluation around racial justice. The full report can be found here. The Becoming Beloved Community Team, made of parishioners, staff, and vestry members, developed the framework and continues to be a resource for implementation.

How to Get involved

Here are several ways to learn more and take action on racism:

    Enter the conversation about Becoming Beloved Community at St. Martin’s by gathering with a group to explore where you find yourself in the work. Use the conversation guides below to get started.
  1. Attend a workshop or educational program to learn more about our Baptismal call to promote transformation and racial healing.  These are held throughout the year and include trips, trainings, and book groups. Check out the BBC Google Calendar on this page, or visit St. Martin’s events page to learn about upcoming opportunities.
  2. Read on your own or start a book discussion group. Download our ever-growing list of recommended reading on racial justice.
  3. Explore these links:
      • Take the Implicit Association Test which measures thoughts and feelings about race that are outside of conscious awareness and control.

BBC Google Calendar

For more information contact Barbara Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 215.247.7466, ext. 102.

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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