Saturday February 22, 2014
Amidst one of the worst winter seasons on record, the weather could not have been better for the 1st Annual St. James Forum. A sunny 60 degree afternoon awaited over 100 attendees who gathered on the campus of St. James School. The event was tailored to faith-based communities and focused on Episcopal education in today’s struggling school systems.
The afternoon began with a noonday prayer service in the historic Church of St. James the Less, led by Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, III, Bishop Provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Guests were treated to a performance by the St. James School Choir, directed by St. James School Music Teacher Dr. Darryl Roland.
Guests enjoyed lunch and the opportunity to share ideas with staff, clergy, lay leaders, and parishioners from over 20 area churches. Special guest Ann Mellow, associate director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, delivered an inspiring talk on the role of Episcopal schools in education, especially those serving underresourced neighborhoods.
St. James Head of School David Kasievich emphasized how integral church partners are to the work at St. James School and beyond.
Many church partners provide invaluable volunteer service, financial support, and strategic leadership, and as such were recognized during a final awards ceremony. Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual Church Ambassadors Awards. The school community is ever grateful to all attendees for ample enthusiasm and ideas in continuing this great mission in Allegheny West Philadelphia.
2014 Award Winners
Arch Street Presbyterian Church – Wanamaker Leadership Award
Brotherhood of St. Gregory – Brotherhood Award
Church of the Advent, Kennett Square – Jazz and Pizazz Award
Church of the Ascension, Gaithersburg, MD – Going the Distance Award
Church of St. Martin-in-the Fields – Beacon of Hope Award
Diocese of Pennsylvania Family & Young Adult Ministry – Catalyst Award
East Falls Presbyterian Church – Neighborhood Church Award
Saint Mark’s Church – Trailblazer Award
St. Asaph’s Church – Holiday Cheer Award
St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne – Rev. Mary E. Laney Spirit Award
St. David’s Church, Wayne – Builder’s Award
St. Margaret’s Church, Annapolis, MD- Chesapeake Champion Award
St. Martin’s Church, Radnor – Sustainer Award
St. Paul’s Church, Exton – Benefactor Award
St. Peter’s Church, Glenside – Shining Star Award
St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley – Good Shepherd Award
Trinity Church, Gulph Mills – Helping Hands Award
Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge – Making History Award
Bad Boys of Jesus of St. Peter’s Church, Great Valley – Bad Boys Award
Lindsay Barrett-Adler – Team Player Award
Robert W. Brano – Patron of the Arts Award
The Rev. David Canaan – Super Rector Award
Susan Damiano – Super Tutor Award
Marjorie Devlin – St. Jerome Award
Dan Heischman, National Association of Episcopal Schools – Torchbearer Award
Roy Irvin – Guardian Angel Award
Erik Meyer – St. Bridget Award in Music Excellence
David Spina – Hammer and Nails Award