Sept. 18, 2011 at 10 a.m.

A special service commemorating the first worship service celebrated at St. Peter’s in 1761, with visiting dignitaries, special prayers and music; the rector will preach. A celebration picnic will follow.

Oct. 16, 2011: Sharing Our Gifts, Serving Our Neighbor -- So You're Baptized, So What?

Being a Christian is hard. The vows we take (or are taken for us) at baptism are almost impossible to live into fully and completely. So how do we make sense of them? What difference does it make to be baptized. Join Claire for a conversation about baptismal life. Or join Ledlie and our stewardship visitors for a conversation about sharing the gifts we’ve been given.

Oct. 23, 2011: The Changing Face of St. Peter's -- The Annual Parish Gathering.

• A presentation and discussion of recent changes, new opportunities, the working of the Holy Spirit, and plans for the near future. Led by the rector and many others.
• 10 a.m. service followed by lunch and meeting.


The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori.

Nov. 13, 2011: Empowered by the Spirit,
Commissioned for Ministry

• With prayers written specially for this occasion,
the Presiding Bishop will commission the people
and clergy of Saint Peter’s in the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed in years to come.
• She has been vocal about the Church’s mission priorities, including the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, issues of domestic poverty, climate change and care for the earth, as well as the ongoing need to contextualize the gospel.


In the beginning

Speakers and Dates

Sept. 25, 2011: Social Ethics for Social Justice

The Rev. Dr. Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, Professor of Religion, Columbia University, New York.
• Professor Dorrien will focus on economic globalization, the economic crisis and the opening for initiatives in economic democracy (worker ownership, infrastructure banks, amomng others) that exist today–all in the context of Christian social ethics and ecumenical Christianity.
• He is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. He is described by Princeton University philosopher Cornel West as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today."

Oct. 2, 2011: Center City: So Much Accomplished,
So Much Remaining to Be Done

Paul Levy, president and chief executive officer of the Center City District.
• As a champion of urban renewal and the redevelopment of Center City, Mr. Levy will reflect on what has been achieved in this neighborhood and throughout downtown in the last 50 years and what challenges and opportunities are before us in the coming decade.
• He is the founding chief executive of Philadelphia’s Center City District, serving in this capacity since January 1991. He directs the $18.7 million downtown management district, which provides security, hospitality, cleaning, place marketing, promotion, and planning services for the central business district of Philadelphia. (Afternoon discussion: 12:30 – 1:30).

Oct. 9, 2011: Our Hopeful Future: Vital Ministry in a New Generation.

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt,  author of Reframing Hope & Tribal Church is pastor of Western Presbyterian Church, an intergenerational congregation in Washington, D.C., committed to serving the poor of that city.
• Drawing upon her knowledge of postmodernism and her experience as a young mainline pastor, Ms. Merritt proposes hope as the virtue for vital Christian community, especially for the younger – often missing – generations. (Afternoon discussion: 2:00 – 4:00).

Oct. 30, 2011: Evoking an Alternative Community.

Shane Claiborne, co-founder of The Simple Way, an intentional faith community, North Philadelphia.
• With tears and laughter, Shane unveils the tragic messes we’ve made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible through peacemaking, social justice, and faith in Jesus Christ. His varied ministry experience ranges from ten weeks working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to one year serving a wealthy mega-congregation at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area.

Nov. 6, 2011: 21st Century Philadelphia -- The Dilemma of Historical Depth.

Jeremy Nowak, president and chief executive officer, the William Penn Foundation; founder of The Reinvestment Fund.
• History and tradition can be an asset or a constraint in a global economy. Given our present positioning as a community and a city; as a congregation and a region, how do we maximize the value of this history?
• The author of numerous articles, his recent publications examine policy options for distressed cities and the role of art and culture in neighborhood regeneration.


The 18th Century

The 19th Century

The 20th Century

The People of St. Peter's

The Choir

Mission and Outreach

Did You Know?

The Next 250 Years

The Hero of Tripoli

The Book