Radical Hospitality

Community Engagement Initiative

The Community Engagement Initiative at BSM exists to engage and activate our neighbors so that we spread the practice of radical hospitality beyond our doors.

Join us as we engage with and challenge systems of injustice facing our most vulnerable neighbors while we build community with one another.


Community Engagement programs comprised of relational volunteer experiences, interactive and educational discussions, and the use of art in community and individual development towards social change. All programs seek to foster respectful, informative, and community building dialogue surrounding issues of injustice, poverty, and marginalization. For more information on our program offerings, continue reading below and check out some participant reflections here!

A Common Youth Initiative

A Common Youth Initiative—a collaboration between Broad Street Ministry and The Common Place—immerses youth and adult leaders from around the country into the diverse neighborhoods and communities of Philadelphia. Participants engage in service work throughout the city—identifying and confronting stereotypes that exist in society around urban poverty and marginalized communities. Through daily dialogue at work sites, small discussion groups, and worship, participants develop rich theological, social, and academic understandings of justice while recognizing ways in which Holy Scripture calls for justice and love for all—fostering conversations focused on topics such as lifelong service and discipleship.

Alternative Breaks

We welcome high school youth, colleges, and adult groups to participate in either secular or faith-based service learning during the fall and spring of each year. Alternative Break programming can be tailored to a group's specific desires for topics of exploration, ranging from food insecurity to mental health and will include both discussions and service sites pertaining to the requested issues.

Day Immersions

Day Immersions welcome groups of all ages and types to engage in relational service with BSM’s Hospitality Collaborative surrounded by informative and provocative discussions and activities. You will be involved in a community that fosters creativity and lifelong learning with the flexibility to pursue the intersectionality of justice issues and civic engagement.

  • Does your employer have a commitment to corporate social responsibility? Do you have a parents group, a book club, or a just a group of friends who want to critically engage with one another in service and learning about issues of poverty? Click here to learn about our secular Immersion Days. All ages and inter-generational  groups are welcome!
  • We continue to welcome church groups – from adult mission committees to youth confirmation classes to session retreats. Click here for information on our faith-based Immersion Days.

Plan Your Visit

BSM is highly accessible for groups traveling both from within and from outside our region.

Visit our “Plan Your Visit” page for travel and parking directions. Email us if you have any questions!

Upcoming Events

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Weekly Schedule

To see our full list of ongoing Faith & Worship & Social Services activity, view the complete schedule.


We thought we would change the world. Turns out we can change the neighborhood, which isn’t too bad.