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Our Mission Statement

Welcome to St. Thomas of Canterbury!  We are a reconciling community of Christians who are nurtured at the Lord's Table, grounded in the truths of Scripture and the traditions of the Church, and sustained through prayer. We are called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to:


     Celebrate the joy of God's presence

Feed the hungry, heal the wounded, and welcome the stranger

Cherish diversity while affirming our unity as one family in Christ 

Maintain an active ministry to the University of New Mexico
 and Central New Mexico Community College

Honor God
in all Creation


     If you are looking for a church home, we would love to welcome you to join us!
Schedule of Services
Sundays
8 am Liturgy & Eucharist
10 am Liturgy & Eucharist with Music

First Saturdays
5 pm English and Spanish Eucharist on the first Saturday of each month

Campus Ministry
12:05 pm Wednesday (Year round)
Lectionary Scripture Study and Holy Eucharist
Lunch served on 1st Wednesday of the month

St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church
425 University Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

(505) 247- 2515

 
Who We Are

He said to them... "Come and see." (John, 1:39)

We are:

Open. Our decision-making criteria are three: scripture, tradition, and reason. Thinking is encouraged in this congregation.


Diverse. We are people of various lifestyles, sexual orientations, ethnicities, abilities, disabilities, and ages. Our pastor is a woman, who has directed St. Thomas for 15 years. We are part of the Episcopal Church USA, but  many of us are of other persuasions and denominations. 

Worshipful. About 85 of us gather at two Sunday services: 8:00 a.m. is a said service, while 10:00 a.m. has hymns and other music, as well as Sunday School and a nursery. You are welcome at all services.

Communitarian. We are a green church working toward reduction of global warming and have foreign service activities in Nigeria, Kenya, and the Philippines. Once each quarter we prepare breakfast for the people at St. Martin's Hospitality Center, a day center for the homeless which we founded 20 years ago.

Enduring. St. Thomas has been in its current location since 1963, originally to serve the University of New Mexico, but now with a very widespread congregation.  Our buildings have been completely refurbished, and a new organ is being built.

 

Bishop's corner
Presiding Bishop

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop's Christmas Message 2014: May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide

The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs

Monday, December 8, 2014

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her Christmas Message 2014 prays: “May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide.  May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.”

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s message:

 

Christmas message 2014

            The altar hanging at an English Advent service was made of midnight blue, with these words across its top:  “We thank you that darkness reminds us of light.”  Facing all who gathered there to give thanks were images of night creatures – a large moth, an owl, a badger, and a bat – cryptic and somewhat mysterious creatures that can only be encountered in the darkness.

            As light ebbs from the days and the skies of fall, many in the Northern Hemisphere associate dark with the spooks and skeletons of secular Hallowe’en celebrations.  That English church has reclaimed the connection between creator, creation, and the potential holiness of all that is.  It is a fitting reorientation toward the coming of One who has altered those relationships toward new possibilities for healing and redemption.

            Advent leads us into darkness and decreasing light.  Our bodies slow imperceptibly with shorter days and longer nights, and the merriness and frantic activity around us are often merely signs of eager hunger for light and healing and wholeness. 

            The Incarnation, the coming of God among us in human flesh, happened in such a quiet and out of the way place that few noticed at first.  Yet the impact on human existence has been like a bolt of lightning that continues to grow and generate new life and fire in all who share that hunger.

            Jesus is among us like a flitting moth – will we notice his presence in the street-sleeper?  He pierces the dark like a silent, streaking owl seeking food for hungry and defenseless nestlings.  He will overturn this world’s unjust foundations like badgers undermining a crooked wall.  Like the bat’s sonar, his call comes to each one uniquely – have we heard his urgent “come and follow”? 

            God is among us, and within us, and around us, encountering, nudging, loving, transforming the world and its creatures toward the glorious dream the shepherds announced so many years ago, toward the beloved community of prophetic dreams, and the nightwatch that proclaims “all is well, fear not, the Lord is here.” 

            May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide.  May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, and it is the harbinger of peace for all creation.

 

 

 

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

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