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Welcome to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A theologically progressive Christian church, St. Peter’s is a safe place to explore or deepen your faith, a joyful place to worship, and a lively place to connect with others. We believe that God created all there is and declared it to be good. We believe that all people are beloved by God and are of equal worth and dignity.

Together, we raise our voices for justice, serve our neighbors and our city, and care for our planet and all of God’s creation. We invite you to participate in our life of prayer, learning, and service.

Join us for Worship and Prayer

While our church building is closed, we are holding live streamed worship services, prayer, and numerous virtual fellowship groups. All are welcome to join us at www.facebook.com/stpetersphila or www.stpetersphila.org/live.

  • Family & Children Service: Every Sunday at 9 a.m. (on Zoom)
  • Worship Service: Every Sunday at 11 a.m.
  • Compline or Evensong: Every Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.
  • Evening Prayer: Wednesday at 5 p.m.

In a speech June 11, the Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel Church, rightly called out and named the hypocrisy of St. Peter’s clergy and congregation in 1770. The hypocrisy of praying to the God who created and loves all people, while being involved in, benefiting from, promulgating, the enslavement of black people. While literally having enslaved people sitting in the congregation (though segregated into the back gallery).

The Rev. Dr. Tyler is exactly right. It is painful to acknowledge, and it is the truth. St. Peter’s benefitted from, still benefits from, white supremacy. From a system that privileges whiteness and is designed to keep it that way. There are no words that can atone for this past, that can erase this pain.  It is something we must look at unflinchingly, it is part of who we are, it is our truth.

We (St. Peter’s and the larger institution of White Christianity) must repent for this sin, our sin, of racism. And we can, we must, do all in our power to become people who practice what we proclaim; do all in our power to become an anti-racist congregation comprised of anti-racist people. We must work to dismantle the systems that privilege us.

~Rev. Claire Nevin-Field, rector of St. Peter’s Church

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