About

Anselm House (formerly MacLaurinCSF) is a community that’s been serving the University of Minnesota—and the Twin Cities—for more than 30 years. Our mission is to connect faith and knowledge with all of life.

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612.378.1935

Study Center:

1337 Cleveland Avenue N.
St. Paul, MN 55108


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 141007
Minneapolis, MN 55414

WE BELIEVE
that in Christ all things—in life, work, and study—hold together
SO WE SEEK
to see the world and approach our lives as God created them to be: whole
THROUGH
 inquiry, events, and community that equip people to integrate instead of compartmentalize while asking life’s big questions
SO THAT 
more students, faculty, and community members can be whole people, living a whole faith, building a whole university

What We Do

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We create space for dialogue through hospitality and discussions at our study center and on campus.

Reading groups meet for discussion and study; people share life and ideas around the dinner table; and our study center is open all week for a cup of coffee and conversation. 

 

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We convene speakers and lecturers for large public events.

Scholars across disciplines, public figures from a variety of fields, and theologians of different Christian traditions speak at our seminars and lectures. These lectures are recorded and available online, reaching an even wider audience.   

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We offer a curricular program for students who want to dig even deeper.

Our Colin MacLaurin Fellows Program offers students the opportunity to share meals and prayers, discuss carefully selected readings in small cohorts, connect with Christian faculty, and live together at the intersection of faith and university life. 

 

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Our Name

St. Anselm of Canterbury was an 11th century theologian and philosopher. He is remembered, among other things, for the concept of “faith seeking understanding.” He believed that our faith and our knowledge of the world are intertwined. His life of thoughtful faithfulness and engagement with learning provides a model for our presence at the university. 

Our History

Anselm House has historic roots in two University of Minnesota campus ministries: Christian Student Fellowship (founded 1974) and the MacLaurin Institute (founded 1982). In 2009, the two merged to form MacLaurinCSF. We stepped forward as Anselm House in 2016 with a renewed mission of connecting faith & knowledge with all of life.

Anselm House Staff

Our staff combine Christian knowledge with academic training to develop both the moral and intellectual character of our community—and the individuals in it.

 

We’re hiring! More information can be found here.

Bryan Bademan

Executive Director

B.S., Business Management, University of Minnesota
M.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College
M.A., Ph.D., History, University of Notre Dame

Cheri Burkum

Study Center Manager

Andrew Hansen

Program Director

B.A., History and Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.A., Ph.D. History, University of Notre Dame

Rachel Korhonen

Administrator

B.A., Art & Biblical Studies, University of Northwestern St. Paul

Jaclyn Peterson

Accounting Administrator

B.S., Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota

Erin Rupe

Assistant Program Director

B.A., Architecture, University of Minnesota

M.A., Community Ministry Leadership, Bethel Seminary

Danica Wytcherley

Development Manager

B.S., Business; B.A., Theater Arts, Virginia Tech University

Master’s in Library and Information Science, St. Catherine University

Katy Wehr

Fellows Tutor

B.A., Theater Arts, Bethel

M.C.S. Christianity and the Arts, Regent College

M.A. Pastoral Theology, the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies  

Joshua Moon

Fellows Tutor

B.A., History and Philosophy, Covenant College

M.Div, Covenant Seminary

Ph.D, Old Testament, University of St. Andrews.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Christian study center?

Anselm House belongs to a consortium of Christian Study Centers at universities across the country. Our Study Center is our house and community space for quiet reading, group discussions, and learning. Coffee is always brewing, there’s always someone reading in the library, and our academically trained staff on hand for questions or discussions. All are welcome.

Who is Anselm?

St. Anselm of Canterbury was a theologian and philosopher who grounded his intellectual rigor in an active spiritual life of prayer and devotion. He coined the phrase “faith seeking understanding,” which encapsulates part of our mission. He was also the first to formulate an important argument for God’s existence, among other intellectual and religious accomplishments. Anselm’s life of thoughtful faith and interaction with secular learning is a model for how we engage with the University.

Who is Anselm House for?

Our community is for anyone and everyone—undergraduates, grad students, faculty and staff, pastors and church workers, academics, theologians and scholars. We welcome people from all faith backgrounds.

How do I get involved?

Come to a public event, sign up for a reading group, or stop by the study center. To stay up to date on our events, content, or thoughts, sign up for our email list.