Parish Forum

Parish Forum is our 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning program in which a variety of speakers from within the congregation and outside the parish are invited to engage us in a variety of topics among which are spirituality, ethics, theology, liturgy, and social justice.  The Parish Forum also offers opportunities for parish members to share their stories as a way of getting to know one another better and build community.

Forum Hour at St. Martin’s is an opportunity to equip our community for ministry and mission and to have the conversations we need to have as a parish to develop our work together. Please make time to come to forum to help build our community toward our goals!

Parish Forum will return in the Fall

September 24, 2017

Covenant and Community
Rector Jarrett Kerbel will explore the importance of covenant at St. Martin’s, discussing what we owe and what we expect of one another as members of this faith community. How do we make expectations concrete? How do we hold ourselves accountable? Does this have anything to do with our Baptismal Covenant?

October 1

Acting in Jesus’ Name (part 1)
At a time when many different Christians are insisting that they are acting in the name of Jesus, what does it mean for us to live out our call to be the Body of Christ with integrity and understanding? Dr. Andrew Lamas, a professor in urban studies at The University of Pennsylvania, will help us explore how interpreting the Jesus of Scripture and Tradition helps us apply Jesus’ teachings in their lives.

October 8

Acting in Jesus’ Name (part 2)
Dr. Andrew Lamas will help us apply ideas from the previous week to the question of how religion can speak to the question of a just economy.

October 15

The View from Guatemala
Members of the delegation to Guatemala will share insights from their summer trip.

October 22

Visit from Cristosal
Noah Bullock, the Executive Director of Cristosal, will be preaching and teaching at St. Martin’s on their human rights work in the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras). Cristosal, an Episcopal-founded human rights-based nonprofit, is centered in El Salvador. It has been a regional leader in developing a tool to count internally displaced persons in El Salvador, and they are now working on expanding this program into Guatemala. Noah has testified before the UNHCR about the displacement of persons due to violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. He is a phenomenal speaker and has lived in El Salvador the past 7 years, so he is a witness to the direct impact that Cristosal has on saving human lives.

October 29

Centering Prayer
Roseanne Havird, a presenter for Contemplative Outreach, will introduce this Christian meditative prayer form and invite some practice.

November 5

Introducing Martin Luther
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann will introduce us to the man who changed the world when he posted his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. Dr. Lorhmann is an assistant professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA.

November 12

St. Martin’s Day Brunch (11 a.m.)
Hosted by the Youth Pilgrimage Group.

November 19

A Parish Conversation on POWER
Rector Jarrett Kerbell will lead a discussion of our involvement in POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) and how St. Martin’s engages in the organization’s interfaith justice work.

November 26

Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Attachment research tells us that there is a science and logic to love and committed relationships. Therapist Lucy Raizman will help us explore ways that we can move toward safer, secure, and loving bonds of connection in our committed relationships.

December 3

Advent Wreath Making
Our annual event to prepare your home to await the coming of Christ.

December 10

Mary for Protestants
Parishioner Jim Rowley will help us explore how the mother of Jesus can be a source of spiritual support for us in Advent and beyond.

December 17

Carol Sing
Bring your voice or your favorite instrument and join the pickup band for some rousing holiday cheer! A fun morning of singing your favorite Christmas songs, accompanied by a variety of musicians from the parish.

Forum will take a break for Christmas and New Year’s and return with the Epiphany Party on January 7, 2018.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

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

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

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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