A community of students seeking to follow Jesus Christ and share our common life in Him at SMU, in Dallas, and beyond.
College is a singular experience.
We leave home and begin the journey of becoming the people we will be for the rest of our lifes. In some ways, it is like a pilgrimage.
For some of us, our faith has been something we have always carried with us on our journey. Some of us may be just considering for the first time what it means to follow Christ.
We are a community of students on this journey together. We don’t have it all figured out, but we want to walk together as we follow Christ along the way.
Everybody’s got roots—we all come from somewhere.
Our roots are in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. That's where we get the name "Canterbury": Canterbury is the location of the first cathedral ever established in England. This doesn’t mean that you need to be an Anglican or an Episcopalian [or even know what that is] in order to belong here. What it does mean is that we strive to live our faith in a modern way, while we also take a cue from the last 2000 or so years of the church’s life.
We like to think of these roots like the roots of a tree. They reach down deep to anchor us in something bigger than what can be seen on the surface, and they serve as a source of nourishment for the life happening in the sunlight. So we seek to live our lives by faith in Christ, as others have done throughout the history of the Christian church.
Because of our relationship with the ancient and modern, our worship has elements of both of these. You will hear prayers that have been said since the days of Jesus and the Apostles, as well as fresh reflections on what God is doing in our lives these days.
We want to reflect the beauty of our Creator in our worship, and engage our senses as well as our minds in worship. There are candles, icons, silence, song, and even incense on a few occasions.