Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany

A welcoming and healing community in the heart of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany

Who We Are

Parish life at the Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany is as diverse as the make up of our parish membership. We are both young and old. We are straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered. We are single, partnered and married. We come from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Although many of us were raised in the Anglican tradition, many of us are relative new comers to the Episcopal Church. We are tall and short, conservative and liberal and just about everything in between. St Luke's parish life strives to be a loving & hope filled expression of our communion with God.

Founded in 1839 and 1834 respectively, the churches of St. Luke and The Epiphany were merged as a unified congregation in 1898. Whether distributing fresh fruit and ice to our neighbors who had none in the days before electric refrigeration or reaching out to a community that was reeling from the AIDS pandemic in the late 1980's and early 1990's, the Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany has been striving for nearly 110 years to be a living expression of our understanding of God's call to be a place of healing and hope.

Today St. Luke's offers a varied and caring expression of that call through activities and services. You can find friendship in the many parish activities, the Christian education lectures, weekly bible study, the annual picnics, special events such as the Blessing of the Animals on St. Francis' Day or something as rejuvenating as a spiritual retreat.

We strive to support those in need in our community, for example, by involvement on the active Pastoral Care Team or through providing space to support groups in the Philadelphia community who find a safe haven within the walls of St Luke's. Many of our parishioners choose to express their commitment to God and the world created by God through participation in activities of service to the larger community, such as the annual AIDS Walk of Philadelphia, coordinating or donating items of food and clothing to immigrants or the many merchant marines who travel through the port of Philadelphia. It may be as simple as offering one's time to sew a button back on a piece of clothing for someone whose fingers are not so nimble anymore.

Here at St Luke's, whether we choose to seek comfort and camaraderie in the many parish activities, offer our talents and time in service to the world around us, find peace in one of the support groups or simply find refuge in corporate worship and communion, our Parish Life is a conscious and heartfelt attempt to make real the love that God gives to us through Jesus Christ.

About Us

Vibe
Traditional Liturgy, Spirit-filled, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Historic, Multigenerational, Neighborhood-focused, Lively

Programs
Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Choir, Yoga/Meditation, Nursery

Music
Traditional Hymns, Organ, Psalms a capella, Chanting

Denomination
Episcopal

Networks

Size
Medium

Language
English

Founded
0

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
330 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone
(215) 732-1918

Website

Directions
Get directions on Google Maps

Leadership View all

Rodger Broadley

Rodger Broadley

The Rev. Rodger C Broadley has been the rector (pastor) of the congregation since the early 1980s. Graduating with a Masters of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, he was ordained in 1978. After several years in a large suburban congregation he came to St Luke and The Epiphany as the assistant. Under his leadership the church has gone through major transformations including the early gentrification of the neighborhood, the AIDS crisis, an increasing need for community space beyond Sunday worship, and the current growth of both the student population and suburbanites returning to the city. Rodger is active at The Episcopal Church's national level, serving for the past fifteen years as a clergy representative to the National Convention. In the Diocese of Pennsylvania he chairs the Commission on Ministry and recently completed ten years as a board member and officer of both Episcopal Community Services and the residential hospice, Calcutta House. Rapid changes in Center City are creating new energies and new challenges. Rodger says that he's never bored. "Helping a dynamic faith community emerge and grow is phenomenally fascinating, encouraging, and hard."

What Members Say Add your voice

Go here? Tell us why you love Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany. Visited? Tell us what a newcomer can expect.