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, however you are and whom ever 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 About to contact our student leaders or chaplain. And visit Worship and Fellowship to discover how to get connected.



Food & Fellowship 

At the heart of ELCM’s ministry is fellowship, out of which comes service and part of which is worship. But simply put, we meet regularly, hoping to stay balanced whilst walking through our time at Stanford/Palo Alto. Sunday and Wednesday at 6pm, little communities check in with each other and break bread. (Occasionally, the dinner groups might be invited to arrive early and cook together.) Then from 6:45-7:45pm on Sundays and Wednesdays, everyone’s invited into a continuing conversation, see below.


6:00pm – Food, hosted by undergraduate student leader
6:45pm – Fellowship: Bible Study


6:00pm – Food, hosted by grad student leader
6:45pm – Fellowship: Topical Discussion

Topical Discussions

Fall Quarter, 1st half – Reformation Today, 500th Anniversary
Fall Quarter, 2nd half – Christmas festivities
Winter Quarter, 1st half – Fellowship: Women’s Shelter at UniLu
Winter Quarter, 2nd half – Prayer: Lent
Spring Quarter, tbd – Creation

Storytelling Night

Young Adults of UniLu are organizing Storytelling Nights: monthly evenings of food, fellowship, and storytelling.

Once a month, we join for dinner and casual conversation outdoors on the lawn before settling in to hear stories from each other (original or borrowed) on a topic. In August the prompt was to tell any story about an “ancestor;” past month’s stories have related to things such as “a time when you faced a fork in the road of your life and the path you took.”

Throughout the month of September, we invite you to reflect on a fictional character who’s been meaningful to you. We’ll meet the first Thursday of class, September 28, 5:30pm at University Lutheran. For more information see http://www.universitylutheran.church/storytelling.html

You can bring a story, improvise a story, or just come to listen to others’ stories. All are welcome, so feel free to bring friends.


Holy Communion

What’s Holy Communion?

From the Greek εὐχαριστία, meaning “thanksgiving,” we get the word “Eucharist;” English-speakers sometimes translate this as “Holy Communion.” Whichever you use, it’s among the oldest rituals in our faith tradition, and its meaning, for billions of believers over thousands of years, has grown rich and diverse. But no matter your doctrine, what’s fascinating about Holy Communion is that it both connects us to our past and brings us, right here and now, into communion with Christ. At its heart, Holy Communion is a joy-filled ephemeral moment in which you can recognize, give thanks for, and be transformed by the amazing truth that you are loved unconditionally by God, just as you are. Over hundreds of years of reflection, Episcopalians and Lutherans have developed some theologies of what Holy Communion means and how it should be carried out in practice. And while some in ELCM affirm those doctrines, we are an ecumenical organization that graciously gives space for whatever understanding you have of Holy Communion. All the Eucharistic rites listed below welcome anyone to the table to receive communion.



  • Memorial Church, 10:00am
    • Office of Religious Life Deans and invited guests, including Rev. Jane Shaw, Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Rev. Joanne Sanders
    • not all services include Holy Communion
  • [during school year] Old Union: 3rd floor Sanctuary, 5:30pm
    • Clergy of ELCM, including Rev. Greg Schaefer
    • We pray, sing hymns and Taizé chants, celebrate the Eucharist, and share holy conversation (in place of a sermon). Afterward at 6:15, everyone is invited to dinner!


  • Memorial Church, 12:10pm
    • Clergy of ELCM, including Rev. Greg Schaefer
    • 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!




 Other Worship

Silence & Song

  • [during school year] Memorial Church: Whisper Circle (round benches on west side of church), evening time & day TBA
    • Student leader of ELCM
    • 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), nothing but a couple students working to find peace and God.


Get in touch

  • Connor Stubbs, co-president (undergrad coordinator), cstubbs@stanford.edu
  • Kelly Christensen, co-president (grad coordinator), kelchris@stanford.edu
  • Erik Kountz, financial officer, ekountz@stanford.edu
  • Rev. Greg Schaefer, advisor (University Lutheran Church), prgreg@stanford.edu

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, and which is best described as ‘organic’ – that is, 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 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. See our Fellowship page for details.

Where we’re from

  • History
    • 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.
  • 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 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.