Parish Forum

Parish Forum, at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings, 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. Over the year, a variety of speakers from the parish and the wider community engage us in topics such as spirituality, ethics, theology, liturgy, and social justice. Parish Forum also offers opportunities for parish members to share their stories as a way of getting to know one another better. Please make time to come to forum to help build our community toward our goals

Forum Schedule

February 17, 2019

POWER: Rebuilding Communities through Faith
Whether you’ve attended St. Martin’s for years or are a relative newcomer, you undoubtedly have heard of the organization called POWER. They are our ministry partner most visibly represented by Deacon Carol Duncan. The POWER mission is rebuilding communities through faith and education. The various means they use to carry out their mission include everything from attending political rallies to staging door-to-door campaigns. Our guest at forum this week is Lilah Saber, one of our community liaisons for POWER. Lilah will talk about what POWER is involved in at the moment. She’ll discuss why POWER is a ministry that should matter to everyone and how you can get involved. Lilah will also cover POWER’S latest push to drive community educational goals. When POWER speaks, people listen. Your opportunity to do so is this Sunday at 9:15 in the parish hall.

February 24, 2019

The Theology of Icons with Amy Anderson
Ever wonder about the meaning of the icons hanging around St. Martin’s or other churches? While icons are a part of some Western Christian traditions, we often miss out on their rich theological meaning. Between the seventh and ninth centuries, the Byzantine Empire was embroiled in Iconoclasm, a sometimes violent dispute over the role that images of saints and religious events should play in what is now the Eastern Orthodox Christian church. The theology developed in defense of icons during this time made the images much more than illustrations: they became theological statements about the sacredness of the material world, elevated to the level of scriptures in their ability to convey spiritual teachings. In this discussion, we’ll look at the theological justification for icons, discuss how to read them, and talk about ways to integrate them into our own spiritual practices.

Amy Anderson is an Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University, where she studies visual and multimodal rhetoric, focusing on the interactions between texts, images, and audio in compositions from Byzantine Iconoclasm to the digital age. She has published articles in Argumentation and Advocacy and enculturation, and her current NEH-funded research project examines how Byzantine icons both draw on and expand the principles of classical rhetoric.

Want to learn even more? Check out this 3-day icon painting workshop with Iconographer, the Rev. Peter Pearson, at a fellow Episcopal parish, Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church. Peter Pearson has written some of the icons at St. Martin’s, including the processional cross.

March 3, 2019

BBC Conversations
Learn more about how you can participate in Becoming Beloved Community. Led by Associate for Spiritual Formation & Care, Barb Ballenger and the BBC team.

March 10, 2019

Jubilee School
Get an update from Susan MacBride on this school partnership through our Community Engagement ministry.

June 9, 2019

Annual Meeting
St. Martin’s will hold its Annual Meeting after the 13:00 a.m. service. New vestry members will be elected and graduates will be honored at this meeting. Watch for information about our nominees coming in May.

Full descriptions coming soon.

Handouts from Prior Forums

February 3, 2019

Gospel of Luke
Our resident New Testament scholar, Hal Taussig returns to discuss the Gospel of Luke. Like other gospels, the Gospel of Luke, which forms the main core of gospel readings for this coming liturgical year C, has its own powerful and pointed voice. The past 25 years of very active Lukan scholarship expresses perhaps the earliest-storied voice interested in an international frame of reference for the Jesus story. This voice also speaks into the already multiple takes in the early Christ movements about gender roles and the relationship between rich and poor people, surprising the 21st century reader with unusual and controversial opinions.
Download the Luke study outline

October 28, 2018

Can We Talk? Conversations Across Differences
Handouts from the day can be downloaded below:
St. Martin’s Dialogue Sheet
The common denominator in all of our communities is they are divided by differences of all kinds. How do you get people to discuss their differences and put their solutions into action? Our guest speaker at Parish Forum this week is Chris Satullo and he’s an expert on the subject. Chris is the co-founder of the Penn Project of Civic Engagement and is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He will demonstrate how faith plays as important a part of breaking down barriers as anything else does. Join us for the first of this two-part series.

October 14, 2018

Providing Sanctuary
Handouts from the day can be downloaded below:
Volunteers Needed

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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