St. Peter's Church Podcast



St. Peters Church is a thriving Episcopal parish led by the Rev. Claire Nevin-Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Together we are working to use the Christian principles of charity, compassion, tolerance, and faith to enhance our own lives and the lives of those around us. Our mission is to know the transforming power of Gods love and to make Gods love known to others. Enjoy our podcast and please visit us at


  • We Belong to Each Other

    09/05/2021 Duração: 18min

    As the disciples try to figure out what resurrection living looks like, they are invited, over and over again, to recognize that they are a part of something bigger than themselves, something bigger that God is up to. 

  • Don't Give Up!

    21/02/2021 Duração: 09min

    The forty days of Lent, including the customs associated with the discipline of sacrifice, came about in imitation of the period which Jesus spent in the desert immediately following his baptism and the announcement that God’s favor rested on this servant. The sequence of events may help us to understand Jesus’ retreat a little more deeply.

  • “Shall we build three dwellings?: White Episcopalians commemorate Absalom Jones by getting off the mountain and staying in the struggle”

    14/02/2021 Duração: 18min

    I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me not to get caught up in my awe for someone like Absalom Jones. How did he do it? Bear the abuse? Keep the faith? Not punch someone in the face? Like, a lot.

  • Prophets and/as Permanent Provision

    31/01/2021 Duração: 20min

    As the church, we have a responsibility to participate in these conversations about prophets. They are a part of our tradition while also connecting us to other religious traditions.

  • Not to Mention Cattle

    24/01/2021 Duração: 14min

    The hardest thing for Jonah to swallow in this story is God’s mercy to those Jonah was 100% sure were lousy, totally undeserving people.  He basically hated it when God got all loving, forgiving, and merciful to others. And the uncomfortable truth is we tend to think the same way-that God should definitely love and forgive us, but really should take a firm line with others.

  • The Mud of Life

    10/01/2021 Duração: 09min

    Jesus’ baptism story is essentially the story of Jesus joining us in the mud- hopping in the pit and wallowing right along with us.

  • Singing Imagination

    13/12/2020 Duração: 12min

     Mary was keenly aware that God invites each of us to participate in the great and eternal mystery of life- in God’s project. 

  • Advent Bingo

    06/12/2020 Duração: 14min

    Advent is a season of waiting, waiting for God to come into the world. Waiting for the birth of Jesus that declares God is with us, establishing God’s justice and mercy and peace. We do not wait passively or distractedly; we wait actively and fiercely. John the Baptist captures this in one word: Prepare.

  • Parable for Weenies

    15/11/2020 Duração: 13min

    Many of us have long known that how we read a parable is dependent on who we are, what our life experiences are, what assumptions we make about the world, and what assumptions we make about the characters in the story.

  • Bigger Than Anything

    01/11/2020 Duração: 11min

    The story of Job exists at least in part because there are in fact no good answers to why awful things happen to people. Because even the most elegant theology falls flat when you are looking at a murdered child, a destroyed life.

  • The Wholeness of Creation

    25/10/2020 Duração: 07min

    To embrace the glorify creation means to embrace all of creation, including that which is not objectively beautiful or otherwise felicitous.

  • Web of Wonder

    18/10/2020 Duração: 12min

    This view, that humans are to dominate nature, is deeply ingrained in western Christianity and it has erased creation from the faith experience and absolved us of any ethical concern for it. It has opened the door to massive exploitation of land, animals, and people, with the church either complicit, not noticing, or occasionally finding the energy to whisper about it.

  • Heaven Can't Wait

    27/09/2020 Duração: 10min

    We might well wish for a little more of “heaven” right now. It would be so nice to be able to look forward to a place where there is no Covid, no politics, no racism, no global warming, no hurricanes, no robocalls!

  • All You Need Is Love!

    06/09/2020 Duração: 06min

    The truth is, as Christians, our track record on keeping the simplest of commandments: Love your neighbor as yourself is rather dismal. We often act as if Jesus’ core teaching was merely a polite suggestion.

  • Moses vs. Foliage

    01/09/2020 Duração: 13min

    Stories, especially Biblical stories, do not have A point—they are stories—they have many facets. And because as readers and hearers we bring our own experiences to them, they have different points for each of us.

  • Make Sure the Right Thing Breaks

    16/08/2020 Duração: 16min

    As a first-century poor uneducated Jewish man living in a brutal client state with an unchecked priestly aristocracy under the Roman occupation, Jesus was a politically, economically, and religiously traumatized person. Jesus’ own lived experiences of over-taxing the poor, both by the Temple and by Caesar, influenced his desire to show the 5,000 hungry families how the kin-dom of God operates in a divine economy of abundance, where all have what they need.

  • Choppy Waters

    09/08/2020 Duração: 07min

    Being crammed together in a small boat which is tossing on stormy waters seems to be about as good a metaphor to describe our current existence as anything, The question is, how can we deal with our fear?

  • Miracles CAN happen! (If we organize like Jesus did)

    02/08/2020 Duração: 18min

    When it comes to the state of income inequality in our country, and all other systems of oppression, it feels like we need a miracle. I think miracles could happen, just like our story from Matthew, if we’re willing to organize ourselves like Jesus did.

  • So what are you going to do about it?

    26/07/2020 Duração: 15min

    Those of us who follow Christ in this moment face a choice. The truth, of course, is that we face choices on a daily basis. Christian life is a series of small decisions about how and who we are in the world, from the dramatic to the trivial.The choice right now is dramatic.

  • Hin·nêh

    19/07/2020 Duração: 21min

    Parables don’t give us clear answers. Jesus says he uses parables to intentionally confuse and elude people who hear but do not understand, and he only starts using them after his explicit teaching is met with hostility.

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