Signs of the Times:
Discovering the Present in What Remains of the Past at St. Luke's, Germantown

October 22, 2016
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Diocesan History Committee is sponsoring what will be the first of what we hope will be an annual event at a historic parish in the Diocese. St. Luke's Church, Germantown dates to 1811 when Germantown was actually outside Philadelphia. It has produced three bishops (e.g. Barbara Harris) and helped support many sister congregations such as the House of Prayer in West Oak Lane and St. Albans in Olney. In 1968, St. Luke's merged with St. Barnabas, one of the historically black churches in the Diocese. Today it faces many of the same challenges as other urban churches in the Diocese. Among the speakers will be Mark Lloyd, the chief archivist at Penn and and former Presiding Bishop the Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold.

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9:00 - 9:30 - Registration and Refreshments

9:30 - 9:45 - Welcome: Fr. David Morris and Rt. Rev. Daniel

Ongoing: Selections for the St. Luke's Church, Germantown, Parish Archives 
Curated by Mike Krasulski

9:45 - 10:15 - "Germantown in the Twentieth Century" 
Keynote Speaker: Erika Kitzmiller, Post-doctoral fellow, Hutchins Center, W.E. B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University. Introduction by Dr. William Cutler

10:15 - 10:45 - Architectural and Campus History of St. Luke's  Joshua T. Castano, Senior Program Manager, Partners for Sacred Places.  Introduction by Michael Krasulski

10:45 - 11:00 - Break: Coffee and Conversation

11:00 - 12:30 - Parish History Panel
  • Mark Frazier Lloyd, Director of the University Archives and Records Center of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Marian Campbell - Life Member of St. Barnabas' Church, Germantown, and St. Luke's Church, Germantown
  • Betty Thomas de Lagarde - Daughter of Rev. E. Snydor Thomas, First Rector of St. Barnabas' Church, Germantown
  • Most Rev. Frank Griswold - XXV Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
  • Mike Krasulski - Moderator

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