"I thought I was the only one."
The Anselm Society is named after the archbishop of Canterbury (c. 1093) who defined theology as “faith seeking understanding”...in short, as a work of the imagination.
It was started in 2013 in Colorado by an intergenerational group of people who believed a renaissance of the Christian imagination was both possible and badly needed.
- Why the Christian Imagination?
by Brian Brown
The Society seeks to illuminate the faith of new generations of the Church, by seeking out and spreading the ideas of gifted men and women, past and present, who devote their creative talents to truth and beauty.
In its first full year of operation, the Society hosted public lectures and concerts by people like Michael Ward, Peter Leithart, Malcolm Guite, Bob Bennett, and Andrew Peterson.
The events began a conversation among a growing group of Christians (artists and otherwise) who had been longing for more than what the faith had become in much of modern America.
At the same time, the Society began to build and train a guild of artists and patrons to support the creative activity of a new generation of the Church.
Today, the Society is thriving with regular arts events, large conferences, a growing artist community, and spinoff and partner organizations in multiple cities.