We are ELCM

Welcome, in the name of Christ.
We are a grace-filled, Christ-centered community, welcoming ALL students: Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, people of any or no faith, seekers, skeptics, devotees, sinners, saints, straight, gay, poets, scientists, – everyone. Bring your doubts, your hopes, your questions, your longing for community and authenticity, your search for worship and connection – bring your real self. There is a place for you at this table regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, current religious affiliation, GPA, SAT/GRE score, or anything else. Browse these pages to learn more – we look forward to meeting you! Peace to you today.

A Student Group
We are undergraduate and graduate students from all around the world. We have a wide variety of backgrounds and majors, but we have one thing in common: a need to take time from our busy lives of studying and working, a need for fellowship and engagement, and a need to keep our perspectives healthy.

An Engaging Community
While issues have changed since our founding in the 60s, ELCM is still a community committed to social justice and hospitality to strangers. As a community “at work in the world,” we are committed to justice, respect for conscience, and equality for all people, especially those who are most at risk in society.

A Worshiping Community
Worship is not a production or a performance. Worship is an a time set aside for an encounter with God, and is aided by words, sights, sounds, and silence that foster that encounter. At ELCM, you’ll find worship that is best described as ‘organic’ – that is, it grows out of the context and lives of the gathered community.

Sunday Mornings @ UniChu: We worship from 10:00 to 11:15 every Sunday morning with a festive service of Holy Communion at UniChu

Sunday Evenings @ Old Union: We pray, sing, celebrate the Eucharist, and share holy conversation on Sunday nights at 5:00 in the CIRCLE Sanctuary in Old Union. Afterward at 6:00, everyone is invited out to dinner! All are welcome.

Thursday Midday @ MemChu: Every Thursday, we gather for a contemplative, 20-minute Eucharist in the side chapel of Memorial Church. It is a great way to find some peace in the middle of the week!

A Faith Community

We are a united ministry of the Episcopal and Lutheran churches, but this community is made up of people from many (or no) denominations. We use scripture, tradition, reason, and experience to inspire a living faith. We are barrier-free, welcoming all people from the community – faculty, staff, students, family, friends, neighbors, and alumni. If you want to be here, God welcomes you.

A Group of Friends
We are a welcoming group that often serves as a family away from home. Fellowship, food, laughter, and community play an important role in our gatherings, bringing us closer to each other and bringing us closer to God.

Supported by our Church Communities
ELCM is supported by University Lutheran Church and the Episcopal Diocese of California’s Stanford Canterbury Foundation.

University Lutheran Church is a progressive, ecumenical congregation across Stanford Ave. from campus. You’ve probably walked or ridden your bike right by us on the Southeast side of campus. At UniChu, the theology is progressive, the worship is organic, the welcome is radical, and Christ’s table is open to all. If you are in search of a congregational community, join us here at 1611 Stanford Ave for worship, fellowship, study, reflection on God’s call, and engagement with the world.

Stanford Canterbury Foundation is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California, supported by the bishop and by the local Episcopal Congregations. If you are interested in finding an Episcopal church home, Saint Bede’s, All Saints, Trinity, and Saint Mark’s are all nearby, faithful, lively congregations.

Bread and Belonging: All are Welcome

College students (and college-aged folk) are welcome to this weekly gathering for dinner and conversation, every Tuesday evening of the school year at 5:30 in the The CIRCLE Common Room. Our gathering always consists of dinner (almost always home-cooked), conversation, and prayer. We have Bible study, discusscurrent events, play games, watch movies, etc. Bring a friend . . . All are welcome

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