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

April 28, 2019

Conversations Across Differences, Part 3: Reconnecting the Community
with Chris Satullo and Harris Sokoloff
We’ve spent a good deal of time in forum this year examining community differences and how to bring people from all walks of life closer together in divisive times. By popular demand, we’ve added a third installment to the series, “Conversation Across Differences”. Returning to forum this week will be Chris Satullo, the co-founder of the Penn Project of Civic Engagement and Harris Sokoloff, The University of Pennsylvania faculty advisor to the same organization. This time we will examine real solutions to eliminating community disconnect in Philadelphia, so we can pull people together and solve the pressing problems facing the city. Are economic differences the only reason communities have trouble communicating, or do the problems go much deeper? What strategies can be employed to get people to honestly listen to each other? How big a role does faith play in the entire process? There are no easy answers to fixing community issues, but forum is a great place to start.

May 5, 2019

Faith-Based Human Rights Approach
with the Rev. Anne Thatcher

May 12, 2019

Ministries at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
with Ongachi Simuli
One of the best things about belonging to St. Martin’s are the people who attend. We’re blessed with a diverse body of parishioners from all walks of life. What’s even better is we aren’t alone. We are partnered with several churches across the city who help us do the work of God. One such church is St. Luke’s of Germantown and our guest speaker this week will be Ongachi Simuli, their director of youth ministry and Christian education. She also serves as the director of their food pantry which they run every Friday. Ongachi will discuss the ministries at St. Luke’s in detail. What new projects are they launching? How have they taken a neighborhood pulled apart by racial strife and brought it together? How do they perceive St. Martin’s? What can we do to be even more effective ministry partners with St. Luke’s? It’s a chance for some real community bonding. Don’t miss it.

May 19, 2019

Stephen Ministry
with Leni Windle

May 26, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend - Community Hour

June 2, 2019

Why the Legislative System is Letting You Down—and Steps Toward Change
with PA State Representative, Chris Rabb

June 9, 2019

Annual Meeting
St. Martin’s will hold its Annual Meeting during the 9:15 hour this year. New vestry members will be elected and graduates will be honored at this meeting. Watch for information about our nominees coming in May.

Parish Forum will break for the summer and return in September.

Full descriptions coming soon.

Handouts from Prior Forums

March 3, 2019

Talking Beloved Community
Check out St. Martin’s racial justice page for handouts and more information.

February 24, 2019

The Theology of Icons with Amy Anderson
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.

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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