Welcome to St. Mary’s, Hamilton Village!
No matter where you are on your faith journey, you are welcome here!
Whether you are a new student, new to University City, or a long-time resident joining us for the first time, we are glad to greet you. Our community is a loving, diverse, and inviting group of folks, all fellow pilgrims stumbling along together on the way towards the Holy. A visiting bishop once said that our congregation’s mission statement should be “We like to sing and we like to eat”, and he did a good job of summing up our common life. We gather at the altar rail to nourish our souls, and around the brunch table to nourish our bodies, the whole time singing our praises to Jesus Christ our Lord. We endeavor to be the hands and feet of God in the world: feeding the hungry, welcoming the homeless, the refugee, and the asylum seeker, and serving the poor in our midst. We invite the Holy Spirit into our lives through study, prayer, and almsgiving. We ask hard questions, and puzzle out the answers together- and invite you to join us.
You can get a good sense of our history, mission, and ministry through this website, as well as upcoming events- We look forward to welcoming you in person!
If you’re interested in joining our Worship Volunteers or Hospitality Guild, please reach out to our Parish Administrator, Brittany [administrator (at) stmarysatpenn (dot) org].
For information on our Volunteer Choir and Choral Scholars program, please reach out to our Choirmaster and Organist, Chase [music (at) stmarysatpenn (dot) org].
All spiritual inquiries and questions about advocacy opportunities can be directed to the Rev. Deacon Barbara [deacon (at) stmarysatpenn (dot) org].
About Mother Emily
The Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers began her call as interim priest-in-charge at St. Mary’s, Hamilton Village, the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2022.
Mother Emily previously served as an associate rector at St. David’s in Wayne, where she was responsible for discipleship and Christian formation and fellowship, focusing on newcomer ministry and connecting people to God, one another, and the wider community. Emily is passionate about making the Good News of Jesus Christ relevant to the current moment, with a focus on partnerships between the church and the broader community, racial and social justice, arts and faith, outreach to students and those who are disconnected to the church, and creation care. Emily loves liturgy, preaching and teaching Bible studies and facilitating faith conversations for families and individuals. She is passionate about pastoral presence and acompañamiento, or walking alongside people in their faith journeys.
Emily is a priest-scholar, with theological degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Sewanee School of Theology (STM) and is a part-time doctoral student at the University of Aberdeen, studying lived religion and practical theology. She also has an MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University and has taught at the college level and worked as a professional editor, writer, and researcher. Emily is married and is the mother to an energetic elementary schooler. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, gluten-free baking, writing, playing with her daughter, and walking her new dog, Maeve.