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, straights, gays, 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.

In ELCM, we keep the words of the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.” 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. In the name of Christ, all are welcome in this community of faith.

Please peruse the other pages of this site! See Contact to contact our student leaders or chaplain. Visit Worship and Fellowship to discover how to get connected.


Bread & Belonging 

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!

Recent Fellowship Topics:

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

Storytelling Night

Second Sundays at 6:00 pm are monthly evenings of food, fellowship, and storytelling with Young Adults of UniLu.

We join for potluck dinner and casual conversation at University Lutheran (1611 Stanford Ave) before settling in to hear stories on our monthly theme. 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!

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

Recent Story Themes:

a sermon that influenced you, music that is special to you, an adventure in nature, your experience of prayer, a cherished friendship

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.Ecumenical Bible Study

Thursdays at 7:30 pm each week we meet at University Lutheran (1611 Stanford Ave) to read and explore Scripture together. Born out of reflection on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, our Ecumenical Bible Study is organized in partnership with the Catholic Community at Stanford.

Recent Texts:

Habakkuk, Acts, 1/2/3 John, John


Private: Lent

Holy Week Services (2019)

Sunday 4/11 | Palm Sunday Procession | 10:15 am | St. Bede’s
Sunday 4/11 | Liturgy of the Palms & Eucharist | 8:00 & 10:00 am | St. Mark’s
Sunday 4/11 | Palm Sunday Procession & Eucharist | 5:30 pm | UniLu x
Weds   4/17 | Tenebrae for the Earth | 6:30 pm | Trinity Menlo Park ++
Thurs   4/18 | Agape Meal, Stripping of the Altar | 6:15 pm | St. Mark’s
Thurs  4/18 | Maundy Thursday Dinner Church | 7:00 pm |  UniLu x
Thurs  4/18 | Maundy Thursday  | 7:00 pm | All Saints 
Friday  4/19 | Ecumenical Good Friday Service | 12:00 pm | MemChu x
Friday  4/19 | Solemn Evensong of the Burial of the Cross | 6:00 pm | All Saints 
Friday 4/19 | Good Friday Service of Scripture and Adoration | 7:00 pm | UniLu x
Friday  4/20 | Innocence Lost: A Passiontide Recital | 7:30 pm | Christ Church
Sat      4/20 | Easter Vigil | 7:30 pm | St. Bede’s
Sat      4/20 | Easter Vigil | 8:00 pm | All Saints
Sat      4/20 | Holy Saturday | 8:30 pm | UniLu x
Sun     4/21 | Sunrise Service | 5:40/6:30 am | Stanford Dish x
Sun     4/21 | Easter Festival Worship | 10:00 am | UniLu x
Sun     4/21 | Easter | 10:00 am | St. Tim’s
Sun     4/21 | Choral Easter Service with Brass | 10:15 am | Christ Church x

x denotes ELCM advisors will be present
++ denotes Bishop will be in attendance

ELCM Resources for Lent (2019)

  • 2019 Creation Care Calendar: daily meditation and inspiration to help us care for God’s creation, adapted for our community from Interfaith Power and Light.
  • Easter Sunrise Service at the Dish (4/21): Please join us at 6:30 am for a brief and beautiful service as the sun rises on the Day of Resurrection. The service is on the tallest hill, right next to the Dish. The view is incredible as the surrounding cities awaken and cows graze nearby! We will open the gate at Frenchman’s Rd by 5:40 am, and all gates open at 6:00 am. Allow 45 minutes to walk at a slower pace or 30 at a quicker pace. Please contact us if you anticipate any accessibility needs.
ELCM’s Easter Sunrise Service at the Stanford Dish


Get in touch

  • Emma Armstrong-Carter, president, emmaac@stanford.edu
  • Calvin Tolbert, vice-president, ctolbert@stanford.edu
  • Erik Kountz, financial officer, ekountz@stanford.edu
  • Trevor Bakker, outreach officer, tbakker@stanford.edu
  • Rev. Kacei Conyers, advisor (Stanford Canterbury Foundation), kaceiconyers@gmail.com
  • Rev. Greg Schaefer, advisor (University Lutheran Church), prgreg@stanford.edu

Subscribe to our email list

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


What we do

  • Praise God, Give Thanks
    • Worship is not a production or a performance. Worship is 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 at the center of our ministry that is best described as organic: it grows out of the context and lives of the gathered community. See our Worship page for details.
  • 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: to take time from our busy lives of studying and working, to engage in fellowship together, and to keep our perspectives healthy. See our Fellowship page for details.

Where we’re from

  • History
    • While issues have changed since our founding in the 1960s, 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.
  • Affiliations
    • 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 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, 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.