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Since its founding in 1896, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church has been an enduring and dynamic presence in the Swarthmore community. We have been blessed with a legacy of stable pastoral leadership and a congregation that upholds both independent thinking and deep, abiding values.  Here we equip ourselves to live faithfully and to share the gospel through service locally and globally.  Our congregants are generous of heart and ready to serve. Won’t you come and take a closer look?

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SPC has Hired a Supply Associate Pastor for Christian Education, Rev. David Florence!

Beginning November 1st, Rev. David Florence will be joining the staff of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church as our Supply Associate Pastor for Christian Education. When David joins us in November, his duties at SPC will include planning, developing and supervising our Christian education program and youth ministries, as well as providing worship leadership, counseling, and pastoral care. We are excited to welcome David into the SPC family!

David grew up in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in a family of farmers, artists, carpenters, teachers, and entrepreneurs. His passion for the environment, liberal arts, social justice and Christian education has guided his vocational life. Ordained in 1988, David has served as a pastor, chaplain, and teacher in churches, camps and schools. David’s current interim call at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church is to work with developing the foundations for sustainable children, youth and family ministries. David believes that when the whole church sees itself as a growing entity, especially through education and mission, innovative ministries arise that meet people where they are today. His methodologies draw on holistic education, sustainability, and systems theory.

For more information about David, his family and interests, and the journey SPC took to find him, please click HERE.

SPC Welcomes Dr. Diana Butler Bass as Speaker on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Each year, SPC invites a well known theologian to visit and speak to our congregation and the local community. This year, in collaboration with Partners in Ministry and Reformation Lutheran Church, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Diana Butler Bass. Dr. Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. SPC will host her lectures on Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, October 29, at 9:00 am, where she will offer our morning adult education class.

Diana Butler Bass is one of the leading church historians with a keen eye for where the church is now and where God is calling it to be. The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is the perfect opportunity for her to speak about the role of the church in a changing religious and cultural climate.

SPC, Swarthmore College, and Area Congregations Welcome Interfaith Leader and Social Entrepreneur Eboo Patel to Speak

Eboo Patel: Author, Speaker, Educator, and Interfaith Leader
In a new collaboration with area congregations and Swarthmore College, SPC is excited to welcome Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, whose mission is to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. On Wednesday, November 1st, at 7:00 pm, the community is invited to the Lang Center of Performing Arts Cinema (at Swarthmore College) to hear Eboo Patel’s keynote address, “Building a Healthy Religiously Diverse Democracy: America’s Promise in a Time of Crisis.” Eboo will also be available to sign copies of his books at a reception following his presentation.

Eboo Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

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