We always called it 'the fishbowl.'

Callie Swanlund

Callie Swanlund and her husband Phil spent four years living in seminary housing at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, in Berkeley, California. To say they knew their neighbors is an understatement.

Phil and I lived above our garage, so we also knew what our neighbors were up to based on what times of day the garage door shook our apartment. Our neighbor would be leaving at 4 a.m. to go to her shift managing a Starbucks, and our upstairs neighbor would come home at 11:30 p.m. after her shift as a nurse. So you were very connected, sometimes too connected, but very connected with the people around you.

It wasn’t just the people you lived with. Our community was made up of these seminarians and their spouses and partners and children. These were people that we lived with, that we did laundry with, that we went to classes with, that we went to daily chapel with, that we went to the refectory and ate our meals with, sometimes. You were with these people more than you weren’t. We always called it “the fishbowl.”

Our very best friends, who we met living in seminary housing together – we would sometimes just walk in each other’s apartment and say,

“Hey, do you have a plan for lunch?”

“No, but I only have a piece of lettuce in my fridge and a glass of orange juice.”

And we’d say, “Okay, I have one tomato and three French fries!”

And we would put it together and make it work. Some of the best meals we had came from these impromptu gatherings. We wouldn’t have had that if we didn’t live in such close quarters.

In this community there was a shared vision. These people were there doing the same thing that we were there doing. But the conversations we had with people because we had so much in common with them made these relationships so deep, so quickly.

These are people that I can pick up the phone and call three time zones away and they’ll be there in a second, virtually. And I know that we will continue to call on each other and be lifelong friends because of the experiences we shared together in community.

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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