Sacred Places Summer 2009 - Page 10

FEATURE STORY 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 FOREWORD 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 • • Summer 2009