Becoming Beloved Community Anti-Racism Process

Becoming Beloved Community is St. Martin’s formal effort to undo racism in our parish and community, by having honest, personal conversations about race and racism, placing racial reconciliation and healing in the context of our Episcopal tradition and changing structures in our parish and community that privilege white people over people of color.

The effort flows from St. Martin’s aspirational value to become a racism-free and diverse community that reflects the city where we worship. In 2015 we launched our first five-week class, Becoming Beloved Community: Sacred Conversations on Race, in which more than 40 parishioners engaged in this ongoing conversation on race.

This page is dedicated to keeping the sacred conversation going parish-wide with resources for deeper understanding and news of upcoming workshops and trainings in the wider community.

Upcoming Events

Facing our Whiteness: Telling Our Stories with Playback Theater Sat. April 14 at 2 pm
Facing our Whiteness: Telling our Stories

Sat., April 14, 2018, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Admission: $10

The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is hosting a Playback Theatre experience, Facing our Whiteness: Telling Our Stories, from 2 pm to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14 in the parish hall of the church, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Chestnut Hill, 19118. Admission is $10. 
In this interactive afternoon of theater and discussion, participants will hold space for one another to tell their stories of being white in a world that privileges whiteness. The performers of Playback Theatre will offer creative retellings that invite reflection and conversation.

Playback Theatre is an improvisational theater form that uses audience members’ real stories as the source material. The performance is spontaneous - it is theater created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience.
For more information and to register visit or contact Barbara Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 215.247.7466. Childcare is available.


Anti-racism resources

Suggested Reading

Download the PDF 

Videos and Web-based resources

A Conversation About Growing Up Black – (5:11) part of NYT video conversation series on race.

A Conversation with White People About Race – (5:24) part of NYT video conversation series on race.

Take the Implicit Association Test which measures thoughts and feelings about race that are outside of conscious awareness and control.

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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