Welcome to University Church!
A Family-sized Neighborhood Parish.
A Vibrant, Progressive Christian Community.
Home to Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry.
Welcome. We are a grace-filled community of sinners, saints, straight, gay, skeptics, seekers, devotees - everyone. We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made up of neighbors, commuters, students, staff, faculty, families, friends, and alumni. 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. Wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here. Browse these pages to learn more - we look forward to meeting you! Peace to you today. Pastor Greg Schaefer
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Worship 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 UniChu, you'll find worship that is best described as 'organic' - that is, it grows out of the context and lives of the gathered community. We worship from 10:00 to 11:15 on Sunday mornings. Bring your joy, your sorrow, your concern and anxiety, your hopes and inspiration, your longing and your skepticism - bring it all to church. Hear the Word. Receive the Sacrament. Sing. Pray. Share the journey. Come as you are - You are a beloved child of God and you're welcome here.
Sunday Eucharist is at 10 AM every Sunday at UniChu, 1611 Stanford Ave. Dress is casual, singing is festive, theology is progressive, worship is organic, our welcome is radical, and Christ's table is open to all. Holy Communion / Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday of the year. Nursery care is provided for your children during the worship service, but they are welcome to worship with you. We are a community of Stanford Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, as well as a strong community of Neighbors from in and around Palo Alto.
Thursday Eucharist is a quiet, contemplative service celebrated during the school year at 12:10 in the side chapel of Memorial Church, right in the center of Campus. If your day provides for a break around noon, stop in for about 20 minutes of peace, quiet, contemplation, and eucharist.
Christian Education Sunday School for Kids, offered every Sunday from 9:15 - 10 a.m. for children ages 3-10, is taught by competent, loving teachers. For adults, Sunday School is offered on a rotating schedule throughout the year, always after church and coffee hour from roughly noon to 1:30. Childcare is provided during this time.
Bread and Belonging Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional students are at the heart of this weekly gathering for dinner and conversation, every Tuesday evening of the school year at 5:30 in the CIRCLE Common Room. Our gathering always consists of dinner (almost always home-cooked), conversation, and prayer. We have Bible study, discuss current events, play games, watch movies, etc. Bring a friend . . . All are welcome! See elcm.stanford.edu for Campus Ministry info.
Choir Practice is at 7pm at UniChu on Wednesdays. Do you love to sing, but have too little time? The University Church Choir may be right for you. The choir rehearses during the school year on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the UniChu sanctuary, and sings twice a month at our 10:00 Sunday morning worship. The choir schedule follows the Stanford calendar and the choir director is very accommodating to student activities, homework loads, etc. So come sing when you can! We would love to have you!
Service Projects, Recreational Events, Forums, and More
There is a lot going on in addition to our regularly scheduled programming. Be sure to check the calendar regularly, and email Pastor Greg with specific questions or suggestions!
Pastor Greg is available to meet with you individually as your pastoral, sacramental, and theological needs arise. Email Pastor Greg with specific questions or suggestions!