University Lutheran Church

You Are Welcome Here. Palo Alto, CA
University Lutheran Church

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1611 Stanford Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 857-9660


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Who We Are

Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Disciples, Seekers, Doubters, Skeptics, Questioners, Explorers, Sinners, Saints, Scientists, Poets, Speakers, Listeners, Students, Professors, Staff, Neighbors, Alumni, Wanderers, Wonderers, Secure, Insecure, Young, Old, Confident, Confirmed, Curious, Concerned, Hopeful, Hopeless, Open, Opening, Children of God. Stanford's Progressive Protestant Ministry: You Are Welcome Here.

About Us

Casual, Creative, Down to Earth, Inclusive, Progressive, Friendly, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational, Young families, Young, Lots of kids, Traditional Liturgy

Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Choir, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Passionate Reverent, Traditional Hymns, Jazz

Lutheran (ELCA)





Our Services

What are services like?
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 every Sunday morning. Join us!

What is the community like?
University Church is a progressive, ecumenical, congregation across Stanford Ave. from Stanford University in the College Terrace neighborhood of Palo Alto. We are the church-home for Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry, so there are many students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, and friends that make up this community. Our theology is progressive, our worship is organic, our welcome is radical, and Christ's table is open to all. If you are in search of a congregational community, join us for worship, fellowship, study, reflection on God's call, and engagement with the world.

What if I'm not a Christian?
This church-home is made up of people from many (or no) denominations. We use scripture, tradition, reason, and experience to inspire a living faith. We are barrier-free, welcoming all people from the community - faculty, staff, students, family, friends, neighbors, and alumni. If you want to be here, God welcomes you.


Greg Schaefer

Greg Schaefer

The Rev. Greg Schaefer is a California native, having grown up right here in the Bay Area on a cattle ranch in the East Bay. A Lutheran pastor, he came to Stanford after serving as seminary pastor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. Before that, Pastor Greg was a graduate student at the Graduate Theological Union, studying religion and psychology. Pastoral Care is a real passion of his, so feel free to come by for a chat whenever you'd like. Besides such lofty things as theology, he loves golf, hiking, sailing, flying, cooking (and eating) Spanish food, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with his wife . . . not necessarily in that order! Contact PG at [email protected]

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