Welcome to Saint Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church:
A Diverse and Inclusive Community of Christians Building the Body of Christ.
Welcome to St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church, a small and loving community seeking authentic ways to serve and follow Christ. It is our firm conviction that service to Christ implies loving your neighbor, in ways that go beyond lip service. As a parish we are concerned with your spiritual growth, but we are also concerned with how we impact on the community that surrounds us. We are followers of Jesus, and to that end we engage in various ministries.
Various community service groups meet here at St. Anselm’s, and we offer our facilities to two other ethnic Episcopal missions (Korean and Vietnamese). In addition to this, we also celebrate the Eucharist in Spanish every Sunday, and have a growing Latino ministry. St. Anselm’s is an active parish, every day of the week, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. We are a cross-cultural center of worship bringing many cultures together as the Body of Christ.
As a worshipping community we are liturgical. Those familiar with the Catholic Mass would feel at home with us, those who embrace Protestant theology would also feel at home with us; those for whom none of this matters, will also feel at home with us. As Anglicans we are the "Via Media" or "Middle Way" church embracing both Catholic Tradition and Protestant Theology, balanced by the use of reason and the gift of grace. Via Media in Latin also refers to the tension on a cable between two extreme poles that hold the poles in place. As Anglicans we often live with the tension of not having broad stroke answers for questions that require deep discernment and reflection, that is "Via Media."
If you are looking for a house of worship you are invited to come pray and worship with us. People who have been wounded by fundamentalist institutional religion, Catholic or Evangelical, are particularly welcomed. People who are suspicious of organized religion are also welcomed. We offer an environment of healing. You might be asking yourself: "what is different about this parish? Perhaps that question is best answered by what you will not find at St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church.
- Among other things you will not find a rigid inflexible and judgmental community.
- You will not find a community of believers that practices intolerance and lives in isolation of the world.
- You will not find a church that will define for you what you can or cannot believe or think.
- You will not find a community of churchgoers that arrogantly professes that only Christians will be saved.
- Finally, you will not find a community that utilizes guilt as a tool to manipulate the lives of its faithful
What you will find at St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church is a small number of dedicated believers eager to welcome you who seek a genuine and authentic relationship with God. Here at St. Anselm’s we want to make real the Kingdom of God in our midst, a Kingdom of mercy and justice. The following passage from the prophet Micah in the Bible summarizes our calling: "He has showed you, O man (woman) what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8). Our God is a God of love, healing, and justice waiting to embrace you. Come join us for worship!
The Holy Eucharist Rite II
Sunday 10:00 AM
Wednesday 10:00 AM
La Santa Misa (Spanish)
Sunday 8:00 AM
Following worship on Sunday morning all are invited to fellowship in the Parish Hall and refreshment. Please make yourself known. Our parishioners and priest will be happy to meet and welcome you.
Some of our Ministries
St. Anselm's is one of only a handful of churches in California that has a permanent Walking Labyrinth open to the public seven days a week. The Labyrinth is located in our cloistered garden, and is a replica of the medieval Labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral, France. The Labyrinth is used as a tool for walking meditation and prayer, and is open to all people of faith. In the past, members of St. Anselm's have walked the Labyrinth alongside with members of the Buddhist community, and other people of faith. People in wheelchairs can also follow the Labyrinth path. This is our gift both to Christians and members of the interfaith community at large.