This fall, St. Martin’s will again offer Becoming Beloved Community: Sacred Conversations About Race, a 5-session class created by members of our congregation to train parishioners in the awareness and skills that help us identify and undo racism. Last year more than 30 parishioners took the initial class. Committee and ministry leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Building a racism-free community means nurturing a community of leaders with a high awareness of the issues and the skills to respond.
“For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us…that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. In Jesus the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.”
~ Ephesians 2
Spiritual growth is inseparable from growth in love towards our neighbors. “Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself.” Loving God and loving neighbors go together. At St. Martin’s, we aspire to learn how to share that love across boundaries of pain, grievance, and anger caused by historical and present racism. We have this hope so that we can be more united as a community, more welcoming of newcomers from diverse backgrounds and better equipped to partner with our wider community in social engagement activities.
“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (from “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” 1956)
The vision of a Beloved Community guides us. In the presence of God, around the banquet table of Jesus all will be welcomed and all will be made whole. We are called to give a foretaste of that reality in our parish.
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“Blessed are the Peacemakers.”
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
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.