Our Mission Statement

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Our Mission Statement

To know and share the love of Jesus Christ

This church, which was originally a chapel for students at Rice University, is named in memory of Edward Albert Palmer. He was only 25 years old when he lost his life while trying to save his sister Daphne from drowning. While he did not survive, she did. Later, as Daphne Palmer Neville, she gave the money for this holy space to be set aside for Christian worship.

Their family name — Palmer — has also historically referred to someone who had returned from the Holy Land with a palm frond or leaf as a sign of having undertaken a pilgrimage. It’s a wonderful metaphor for our life, and that’s why the image that represents Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church is a cross with a palm frond. On this pilgrimage that is the journey of faith, we are walking with Jesus.

But we do not walk alone with him. We always walk with others, within these walls and beyond these walls. Whether we are inviting someone to sit beside us in church, or singing to residents of a nursing home, or helping to feed the homeless at the Star of Hope Mission, we are walking beside people who are created in the image of God. Like us, they are broken because they are human beings living in an imperfect world. Like us, they are in need of love and mercy and forgiveness and community.

This website offers just a glimpse of the many ways that Palmers reach out to others, sharing the love of Jesus. Remember that Jesus’ peace goes with us into the world. So don’t be afraid to step out in faith and serve others in his name. We’re on this road together.