Deepen Your Faith

Are you are seeking ways to deepen your spiritual journey, or that of your family? If you are looking for new possibilities to deepen your faith and are interested in learning more about the intersection of tradition and radical spirituality, you are in the right place!


Saint Peter's is a supportive and inclusive space to explore your spirituality, whatever that looks like for you or your family. We welcome folks from all faith backgrounds and invite you to consider putting faith at the center: celebrate seasonal events, encounter God in the Bible and above all develop a strong family.

Building your faith community

Listen to Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry's sermon entitled We Are By Ourselves, But Not Alone:

Preaching in the Age of COVID-19

John 4:5-42

March 15, 2020

Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit

"My friends, in this time, of increasing fear, in this time when it truly is a Christian virtue to put space between us all, it is hard for us not to feel as if we are all alone in this world: unconnected, abandoned, without near enough toilet paper or hand sanitizer, yet I am here to say, that all of the social distancing in the world cannot separate us from Christ Jesus. Just as he crossed the distance of the day, to love and to care for the unnamed woman at the well, he is here for us now.

And though we may be quarantined and only venturing to the well at mid-day when no one is around, We are not alone. I am not alone for here you are listening to me, hearing me, seeing me, missing me, maybe even loving me."

For the full transcript, visit


Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry is a bishop's in the ​Episcopal Church. She was elected the Diocese of Michigan's eleventh diocesan bishop on June 1, 2019, making her the first woman and first openly gay priest elected as an Episcopal bishop in the state. 

Perry was ordained a deacon in June 1990, then as a priest in December 1990 in the Diocese of Newark by Bishop John Shelby Spong. She served as Associate Rector for Christ Church in Ridgewood NJ from 1989-1991, then Interim Rector for St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Clifton NJ from September 1991 to October 1992. She served as Congregational Development Vicar for All Saints' Episcopal Church, Chicago from 1992-2000, then as their rector from 2000 on. 


We thank Bishop Bonnie for more than 30 years of service!

Read James "Jim" Perkinson's Poem entitled O, Woman (Song of Jacob's Well: John 4:1-42)

o, the waters, the waters, the waters
o jacob, my father
o leah, my mother
o rachel, crying after the lost ones

the waters, the waters
fall on the dust
drop on the dry 
heat and run like beads, like hope
breaking into rivulets, draining, fleeing 
into the dust of my feet

o jacob, my brother
o leah, my sister
o rachel in child-birth, in mother-death
crying my heart
crying my heat
crying the fleet drip of hope
into the dust at my feet

you, o woman, in the midday glare
offering these waters from where?

you, o woman, of dark eye
you, o woman, with bone of flint
you, woman, cup your hand
offer the wine of a soul lost sigh
for memory like the dust of reverie

you, woman, give drink
you, woman, give drought
you woman, host the waters
of god in your belly

will you break?
will you fall before your destiny?
will you open the gates of the ghost
and step free?
will you become the water
you came so secretly to sip?
will you turn, now
and flow for me?

o, the waters
o, the waters
o, the waters
of the tears 
of god like a river
of the broken open
and the free.

cry for me, o woman
cry for me.

- Jim Perkinson

Reclaim an Ancient Ritual for this moment:  Lavabo 

“I wash” Psalm 26:6-8

I wash my hands in innocence, and walk around your altar, singing a song of thanks, telling your wonderful deeds. Lord, I love your house, the place where your glory dwells.”


In the early Middle Ages, Benedictine monks would gather at a fountain outside the sanctuary and wash their hands before entering church.  In the Roman Catholic Mass, the presider ritually washes hands before touching the elements of bread and wine, praying:  "Lord, wash away my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin" (Psalm 51:2). 

Dr. Jim Perkinson is a long-time activist and educator from inner city Detroit, where he has a history of involvement in various community development initiatives and low-income housing projects. He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago, with a secondary focus on history of religions, is the author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity and Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion, and has written extensively in both academic and popular journals on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture. He is in demand as a speaker on a wide variety of topics related to his interests and a recognized artist on the spoken-word poetry scene in the inner city.


Photo: The Guardian 

What is your favorite Poem or Spiritual verse (bible and other sources welcome)?

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Eastertide study/prayer group

Join us on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm (March/April) for Eastertide study/prayer group

Session 3 - Wednesday,March 25th:  The Image of God Question Suggested for group discussion with a conference call on 

 Our Lenten Eastertide Journey Continues,


 Due to the COVID 19 epidemic, we need to postpone gathering at McShane’s until St. Peter’s Church reopens for services projected for April 5th.  We can use conference call to continue to connect as community without the need for close physical proximity.


The contents for this email are about “The Image of God Question,” to be discussed on Wednesday March 25th.  Please use the contents for Session 2: The Neighbor Question for our conference call on Wednesday March 18th at 5:30 pm.  


The information for The Image of God Question is below as well as a little reflection called: Love in the time of COVID 19.  


    Free-Conference Call Access: 


    Dial 425 – 436 – 6312  Access Code 130420# 


If it doesn’t work the first time, please hang up and try redialing before quitting.  If you try this and it still doesn’t work please email me and let me know. We need to be patient with this service as conference calling will be in high demand. I will try to use the recording option and keep the recording up for a week after the meeting. To avoid extra background noise, please mute your phone unless you are speaking.



For those who signed up for our group discussions, please RSVP me with confirmation or regrets for the upcoming meeting. I really appreciate this.  


Thank you and St. Patrick’s Day Blessings!

Rev. Karen Kerrigan, ARCWP 

* You can also visit our events page to stay involved!

Rev. Karen Kerrigan who was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in November 2o18 in Detroit, Michigan. We are blessed to have her at St. Peter's!

The ordained women of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) live and minister in the United States, Canada, Latin America and around the world. We prepare and ordain qualified women and men to serve the people of God as priests. We use equal rites to promote equal rights and justice for women in the church. We affirm that justice for all of God’s people is constitutive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

To learn more about ARCWP, visit or contact Rev. Kerrigan at


Other services offered at St. Peter's 

1 on 1 pastor listening sessions

Wedding preparation

Sacramental preparation - on request

Contact us for any of these services!


Not for Sale

St. Peter's effort to hold the corner of Trumball and Michigan is sacred for all Detroiters. See the dedication of the Not For Sale sign prayer service.

Below is an excerpt of Rev. Denise Griebler's sermon entitled Not for Sale 

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

November 17, 2019

Isaiah 65:17-25
Malachi 4:1-2a
Luke 21:5-19

Read the full transcript here.



St. Peter’s will continue to welcome and serve people who have been made poor who are being made more vulnerable as shelters and services move out of our community.


Manna Community Meal isn’t going anywhere.


The Corner Shower and Laundry will open and serve people.


The Water Station will continue to flow for people and families who have been shut off.


The St. Peter’s Hive will continue to buzz with organizations that work for justice and peace and the dignity and wholeness of human beings, and for the healing of Earth.


We will continue to make space for people planning and organizing and training to take big non-violent risks in pursuit of peace.


We will care for our neighbors. We will join with others to work for truly affordable and low-income housing in our neighborhood. We will welcome our neighbors and practice radical hospitality.