Serving as a landmark for the community, the spires of Calvary United Methodist Church rise over its Baltimore Avenue neighborhood.
REVIVAL AT CALVARY
By Richard Kirk, Calvary United Methodist Church
This is a story that is closely intertwined with the history of Partners for Sacred Places. What happened at Calvary
United Methodist Church in West Philadelphia over the last decade-and-a-half parallels much of Partners’ life.
Partners and the project to save Calvary grew up together. The church was one of Partners’ earliest undertakings
and remains a project closely associated with Partners to this day. It serves as a model for Partners’ approach
to helping congregations communicate their heritage of service and outreach, and extending that heritage by
strengthening the surrounding community in creative new ways.
Sacred Places • www.sacredplaces.org • Summer 2009