We Make the Road by Walking is the new book by Brian McLaren; its 52 chapters taken us through the year and help us better understand what it means to follow Jesus. Every Monday evening at 7pm, parishioners gather at the church to discuss the chapter for that week. You are invited to attend any Monday evening you wish.
Faith Matters is our new Thursday evening opportunity for faith growth and starts with light fare and ends just after 9pm with the short prayer service Compline, which will be sung with the 10:30 service choir. Anyone is welcome to come to as few or as many Thursday night Faith Matters gatherings as they wish. Topics for each week’s gathering will be announced on our "This Week" page.
Forty years ago three events took place that paved the way for women to be ordained priests—and which rocked the Episcopal Church.
On July 29, 1974, eleven women were “irregularly” ordained in Philadelphia. On November 10, 1974, the Rev. Alison Cheek—one of the eleven—celebrated the eucharist at St. Stephen’s Church, the first public celebration of the eucharist by a woman priest. And on September 7, 1975, four more women were “irregularly” ordained priest, at St. Stephen’s. Please mark your calendar now for a very special event. At 10:30am on Sunday, November 9, the Rev. Alison Cheek will celebrate the eucharist at St. Stephen’s, to commemorate the historic first celebration. The Rev. Carter Heyward--another of the Philadelphia eleven--will preach. And the Rev. Lauren Mead, who was on the staff of St. Stephen's at that time, will lead a discussion at 9:15am that day about November 10, 1974.
Soon we'll start planning the third event, to happen in the fall of 2015 to commemorate the "irregular" ordinations at St. Stephen's. Read more about these events on our history pages.
St. Stephen's Church has a long and rich history, and we are presenting it on our historical website. You can add your own photos and memories and view materials from the church's archives.