- Integrity NYC-Metro is the local chapter of IntegrityUSA, the Episcopal Church's ministry by and for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people and those who love them. If you are looking for a church home, we can help you choose one where you will feel not only safe but valued and included. If you belong to a congregation and wish to make it more welcoming, we offer workshops and access to educational materials. If you are looking to meet others and make a difference, we plan social activities, service projects, themed worship services and coordinated Episcopal participation in pride and other community events.
Throughout its history, St. Philip's has been at the vanguard of religious and social activism. Beginning with the Rev. Peter Williams, Jr., a leading abolitionist and the church's first rector (1826-1840), St. Philip's played a key role in the debate on slavery and injustice. Later generations of clergy joined parishioners and prominent community leaders in the struggle to secure civil rights and economic justice for all people.
St. Philip's also has a strong tradition of outreach into the community included: the purchase and management of a cemetery for New York's African American residents; the Female Assistance Society which provided aid and insurance to sick New York residents; the St. Christopher's Club for teenage boys; building and later purchasing apartment buildings to ensure fair and safe housing for African Americans on 30th Street and later on 135th Street. Since that time, St. Philip's has expanded its commitment to serve the community through a variety of programs addressing the needs of children, teenagers, the elderly, the sick and the poor and promoting theater, jazz, and studio arts in the Harlem community.
- King James Bible
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.