Canterbury House is a radically welcoming Christian community on the University of Michigan's campus. We welcome people of all faiths and none without reservation (or attempted indoctrination!), and we encourage grappling with hard moral, spiritual, and theological questions. We're engaged with the issues of student indebtedness and economic insecurity. We reject the culture of violence, racism, patriarchy, and homophobia. We invite you to come and share in the life our beloved community.
The atmosphere is relaxed, the worship is informal and accessible, and the tea kettle is on the stove. During the week we offer an open door, a quiet place, and a listening ear, as well as discussion groups, Bible studies, and social activities. We are committed to engagement with all of creation, so here you will also find social activism on behalf of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.
Canterbury House has been known as a haven for anti-war activists and for being one of the premier small concert venues in the country. It has been labeled the most progressive religious organization on the University of Michigan campus. A home away from home, a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ students, a gathering place for activist student organizations, and a terrific concert venue are among the descriptions for this campus ministry that goes back over one hundred thirty years.
In the 1960s musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Gordon Lightfoot, The Byrds, and Janis Joplin made Canterbury House one of the finest intimate venues in the United States. The Students for a Democratic Society, with leaders like Alan Haber and Tom Hayden, met in the House’s basement to plan actions in protest against the Vietnam War. In the current decade, Canterbury House has hosted musicians such as Michelle Chamuel, Theo Katzman, and Joey Dosik, as well as harboring the Student Union of Michigan, a campus activist organization.