The Canterbury House of Lawrence

The St Anselm’s Canterbury House of Lawrence was established in its current form in the fall of 2006. It provides a safe place where students can come together and explore their life of faith as shown to them through the life of Jesus Christ as they ask critical questions and experience the love of Christ through others and thereby find their spirituality deepened.

The house holds up to four student peer ministers (students selected for their desire to lead ministry in the wider KU community while deepening their own faith) and one intern at a time with any number of out-of-house peer ministers who, with the guidance of the campus missioner, carry out the daily work of the ministry.

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The main ministry at the KU Canterbury House is our Tuesday Night Dinner program. Peer ministers invite the student community to the house for dinner, program , and worship. The dinner is either prepared by the peer ministers and intern or donated by a supporting parishioner from one of the local Episcopal churches. The programs offered could be anything from traditional Bible study, to guided meditation, to guest speakers on special topics. We cycle through different forms and styles of evening prayer, including Night Prayer from The New Zealand Prayer Book, Aidan Compline, and a Taize-style Compline.

Apart from Tuesday Nights, the house offers an off-campus meeting called Canterbury at the Casbah every Thursday where we meet at a local burger bar to discuss current events with Christian-framed questions. On the last Thursday of each month the house hosts a movie and game night instead of Canterbury at the Casbah.

Currently, we are involved in two outreach programs, one local and one international. Our local program is the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry where the peer ministers and other Canterbury students volunteer every fourth and fifth Saturday of the month. Our international program, Cans for Cows was begun in 2012 by former intern Abby Olcese. The peer ministers collect tin and aluminum cans from students and local parishioners, which they then sell to a scrap metal yard. With the money raised from the cans, we work our way towards buying an animal or package of animals to donate through Heifer International. Canterbury House also offers yearly mission-trip opportunities, both local and international (Kansas to Kenya).

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