Our Mission & Vision

For 135 years, The Church of St Edward the Martyr has celebrated God’s nurturing love and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ to the New York City community that has come to be known as East Harlem (Spanish Harlem) and the community of Museum Mile. We are a culturally and racially diverse family in which people from every background are engaged in the worship, outreach and leadership of the Parish. Our members are drawn from the inner-city and other neighborhoods by the beauty of our liturgy and music, by preaching that is both prophetic and learned, and by our deep commitments to serving the needs of our urban home. This is both our tradition and our engine toward the future, our mission and our vision.

Open Hearts

We practice / act out the Lord’s command to love and serve one another through fellowship, mutual care outreach and service to our diverse urban community with special attention to the poor and hungry, at-risk youth, as well as the homeless and the immigrant.

Open Minds

We regularly offer Eucharistic thanks to God for blessing us with memory, reason, and skill and invite others to join us on the spiritual and intellectual pilgrimage bringing along their insights and questions.

Open Arms

We embrace God’s diverse creation and our unity in Christ—young and old, black and white, married and single, gay and straight, as together we celebrate our African, Asian, Caribbean, European and Latino traditions.