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 June of 2017 St. Martin’s vestry commissioned a team of parishioners to study how St. Martin’s could live out its commitment to Becoming Beloved Community in a comprehensive and sustainable way, flowing out of our baptismal covenant and parish values. The group worked from September 2017 through June 2018. The team has created a parish strategic plan that outlines how the parish can promote racial sensitivity and healing in education, public witness, and evaluation of its institutional structure.

In May of 2018 the vestry approved the following plan and presented it at our Annual Meeting on June 10. The BBC strategic planning team offers the following objectives and action steps as a beginning of the journey. Also included is who would be responsible/accountable for each action step, as well as the committee or group who have a stake in the work getting done (stakeholders).

Achieving authentic and deeply rooted transformation around race will require an ongoing process of personal and corporate commitment to spiritual growth. This must include exploring both our parish’s history of privilege, and our own deeply rooted, often unexamined, attitudes about race.

Here are the overarching objectives of the strategic plan. For action steps, accountability, and more, click to download and read the full plan below.

    I. Objective: The St. Martin’s community is equipped and empowered to ensure that all aspects of parish life flow out of our baptismal covenant and parish mission and values, especially as they call us to address racism.
    II. Objective: Incorporate spiritual practices grounded in the Baptismal Covenant to strengthen and underpin the work of Becoming Beloved Community.
    III. Objective: Formation for children and adults will intentionally integrate strategies and practices that support more racially and culturally inclusive programming.
    IV. Objective: Liturgy and music are welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds and reflect global Anglican traditions.
    V. Objective: Ensure our hiring practices, as well as our policies and procedures, are racially inclusive, culturally humble, and fair.
    VI. Objective: Build relationships that support St. Martin’s advocacy platform, public witness, and direct action against racial oppression.

Click here to read the full Becoming Beloved Community Strategic Plan

The Rev. Carol Duncan preached about our BBC Strategic Plan on September 30. Listen below.

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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