St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is a historic parish with a contemporary mission: to create a new model of urban church that redefines congregation through a commitment to worship and the arts. We believe the shared experience of art inspires connection, empathy and reflection.
St. Stephen’s invites artists into our sanctuary to question, create, strengthen our community and challenge our assumptions and practices as a church. As we hold daily worship, so too do we produce annual performance series and support rehearsal and presenting opportunities for Philadelphia artists. We also bring fresh approaches and voices to the interpretation of our sanctuary space, where works of prominent 19th-century architects, sculptors, designers and stained glass artists contribute to the meaning and atmosphere of our building, the oldest extant example of the Gothic Revival style in Philadelphia.