Stanford Canterbury Foundation

 

What is Stanford Canterbury?

Stanford Canterbury is the Episcopal Community at Stanford University, made up of students, staff, and faculty of the University community. We also welcome spouses, alumni, and other supporters, as well. Our priest is The Rev. Andy Shamel.

 

What do we do?

  • At 5:00 on Sunday evenings, we celebrate Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary Chapel on the third floor of the Old Union building. This service is highly collaborative, including a discussion-based homily and singing together.
  • We gather for weekly dinner and conversation on Tuesday evengings at 5:30 at Bread and Belonging.
  • On Thursdays at 12:10 we gather for a peaceful and refreshing Communion service in MemChu's side chapel.
  • We gather during the week to go deeper into Scripture, bringing our experiences, insights, and the latest critical scholarship to the table.
  • We explore currents in theology, religion, and everyday life over meals, in study groups, and one-on-one.
  • We serve the community in quarterly projects and throughout the year.
  • We discern together God's call for us in our lives.

 

What is the relationship between the University and Canterbury?

Stanford's Office for Religious Life provides office and meeting space for the various campus ministries on the third floor of the Old Union Building under an umbrella organization called Stanford Associated Religions. They are located in the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE), which also includes a library and a worship space.

 

Is it involved with the local Episcopal parishes?

Yes. Stanford Canterbury is supported by local parishes, especially through laity and clergy who serve on the Canterbury Board of Directors and through donations from individuals.

 

How is Stanford Canterbury organized?

It is managed by a Board of Directors, with representation from local parishes, the Diocese of California, the Diocese of El Camino Real, and students and alumni from Stanford.

 

How is it funded?

Stanford Canterbury is funded primarily through the Department of Campus Ministry of the Diocese of California, with additional funding coming from the local parish churches, other supporting churches and church groups, and from individual donors.

 

How can people support Stanford Canterbury?

There are a number of ways to provide support. Providing dinner occasionally for the weekly Bread and Belonging is a special gift. Altar guild volunteers are needed for the Thursday noon Eucharist, financial donations are most welcome, and your prayers are always appreciated.

 

How can I learn more about Stanford Canterbury?

Email The Rev. Andy Shamel at canterbury@lists.stanford.edu

Stanford Canterbury Foundation
P.O. Box 18687, Stanford, CA 94305
650-725-0050