We are ELCM

Announcement: Our first “Bread and Belonging” gathering of the year is happening on Wednesday, September 22nd at 6PM Pacific Time! Join us for dinner at University Lutheran Church (1611 Stanford Ave), or contact Bella at BRaja24@stanford.edu for the Zoom link. Subscribe to our mailing list with your Stanford email for more updates!

We are a grace-filled, Christ-centered community, welcoming ALL Stanford students: Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, people of any or no faith, seekers, skeptics, devotees, sinners, saints, LGBTQ2SIA+ folks, cisgender and straight folks, 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, however you are and whomever you want to become.

Please peruse the other pages of this site! See Contact to subscribe to our email list or write to our student leaders or chaplains. Visit Fellowship and Worship to learn more about when and where we meet.

Students enjoying fellowship at ELCM's weekly Bread and Belonging fellowship.


Bread & Belonging (currently in person and online every week)

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm each week of the academic year we share a community-sponsored dinner together at University Lutheran (1611 Stanford Ave), during which time we get to know each other, share our stories, and pray together. After cleaning up, we transition to a time of growing with God through liturgy, scriptural study, spiritual discussion, or corporate prayer. Your ideas for fellowship are welcome!

Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry logo, white on a gray backgroundRecent Fellowship Topics:

Faith at Stanford, Heart & Home Collaborative Women’s Shelter, Women in the Bible, Poetry & Music, Migration, Family, Taizé Prayer

Ecumenical Bible Study (currently online every week)

Thursdays at 7:30 pm each week we meet virtually to read and explore Scripture together. Ecumenical Bible Study was born out of reflection on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in partnership with the Catholic Community at Stanford. Subscribe to this dedicated list for updates!

1 John 4:7 "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us." Recent Texts:

Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, Philemon, Romans, 2 Corinthians, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, James, Daniel, Haggai, Joel, Micah, Jonah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Acts, 1/2/3 John, John

Storytelling Night (currently online every month)

Third Sundays at 6:00 pm (7:00 pm in Lent) are monthly evenings of food, fellowship, and storytelling with Young Adults of UniLu. You may bring a story, improvise a story, or just come to listen to others’ stories. All are welcome, so feel free to bring friends!

Please subscribe to the ELCM Community list for a monthly reminder and details of how to connect in our current online format. In normal times we would join for potluck dinner and casual conversation at University Lutheran (1611 Stanford Ave) before settling in to hear stories on our monthly theme.

Full schedule: http://www.universitylutheran.church/storytelling.html

Building blocks spelling, "What's your story?"Recent Story Themes:

an act of sacrifice, a time you took things too far, a sermon that influenced you, music that is special to you, an adventure in nature, your experience of prayer




  • Memorial Church, 10:00 am
    • Led by Office for Religious Life deans (including Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert, Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders,  Sughra Ahmed, and Rev. Colleen Hallagan Preuninger) and invited guests
    • Not all services include Holy Communion


  • Memorial Church, 12:10 pm
    • Led by clergy of ELCM, including Rev. Kacei Conyers and Rev. Greg Schaefer
    • We gather for a contemplative, 20-minute Holy Communion in the side chapel of Memorial Church. It is a great way to find some peace in the middle of the week!




  • Trinity Church, 12:10 pm
    • 330 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park
    • Rev. Matthew R. Dutton-Gillett & Rev. Aaron Klinefelter

 Other Worship

Silence & Song

  • [during school year] Memorial Church Whisper Circle (round benches on west side of church), evening time & day TBA, looking for a student leader
    • We meditate through an hour of silence, punctuated by Taizé-style chant in the evening air beside Memorial Church. There is no sermon, no communion (no need for ordained clergy), just students working to find peace and God.


Get in touch

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  • This list is where we announce events, make prayer requests, and start discussions.
  • Subscribe here using Stanford’s mailman tool.
  • Look for an automated email to confirm your subscription.
  • Each list message will have the prefix [ELCM] added to the subject line.


What we do

Stop Working, Build Community

We are undergraduate and graduate students from all around the world. We vary in our backgrounds and studies, but we share common needs. We take time from our busy lives to enjoy fellowship with others and reconnect with the natural world.

Praise God, Give Thanks

At ELCM you’ll find worship at the center of our ministry. We believe that worship grows out of the context and lives of our gathered community members, who listen and care for one another. Worship is not a production or a performance; worship is a time set aside for encounter with God that we support with words, sights, sounds, and silence.

Where we’re from


Since our founding in the 1960s, ELCM has been a community dedicated to social justice and hospitality to strangers. We are at work in the world, committed to justice, respect for conscience, and equality for all people, especially those most at risk in society.


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 the southeast side of campus. If you spend time near Stanford, you have probably walked or ridden your bike by us. At UniLu 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, please 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.

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