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


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

What We Do


We create space for dialogue through discussions and shared meals at our study center.

Small groups gather to study books in reading groups; conversations are opened up around the table at community meals; and chats over coffee range from the personal to the theological.




We convene speakers and lecturers for large public events.

Scholars across vocations, artists across disciplines, and theologians across denominations come to speak at seminars and lectures that spark dialogues. These lectures are archived for viewing later, and are still inspiring us even after the event.



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

Our fellows program offers 12 students the opportunity to study curated books together, share meals and prayers together, and live life together at the intersection of faith and study.



Our Name

St. Anselm of Canterbury was an 11th century theologian and philosopher famous 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 critical yet loving engagement with secular 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.

When people are equipped
to combat the divided life and live integrated lives,

the university
& its community
will flourish.


When people are equipped
to combat the divided life and live integrated lives,

the university & its community will flourish.


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.