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Named after Rev. Dr. Reinhard Ulrich, distinguished professor, ethicist, and pastor who served at Lakeland from 1964 to 2001, the Ulrich Center for Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Thought takes over the programming of the former Mission House Center. The Ulrich Center is funded in part through the generosity of Lakeland alumni, friends, and numerous United Church of Christ congregations.

The purpose of the Ulrich Center is to invite members of the Lakeland community, and surrounding communities, to explore intersections between faith, ethical discernment, and social justice. The exploration of these intersections is guided by Lakeland’s Christian heritage and its intentional relationship with the United Church of Christ. Accordingly, the Ulrich Center is committed to engaging diverse voices and contexts as it champions

  • the integrity and value of all of persons
  • equitable access to the resources all persons need to thrive
  • faithful stewardship of God’s creation.

To achieve these objectives, the Ulrich Center hosts colloquies, lectures, lectionary workshops, LU for REAL (Lakeland University for Religious Education, Awareness and Literacy) events, implements social justice initiatives, and oversees the Clergy in Residence and Ulrich Scholars programs.

The Ulrich Center is directed by Linda Bosman, Director of the Ulrich Center, and resourced by the Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn, Professor of Religion and the Grace Chair in Religious Studies, and by Lakeland’s Chaplain/Ethicist in Residence.

Questions? Please contact Linda Bosman, Director of the Ulrich Center, at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2151.

Upcoming Events

26 Mar

A Modern Response to Modern Day Slavery: The Ministry of LifeWay Network
In this lecture Sr. Joan Dawber will present the story of LifeWay Network, who we are, and our response to human trafficking or what it is more correctly named modern-day slavery. Learn about human trafficking globally and locally right here in the United States, who it impacts, tactics used by traffickers, and red flags in order to prevent, recognize, and report trafficking. You will leave knowing the importance of community and the power of collaboration in this work against the second largest criminal industry in the world. LifeWay Network envisions a world in which human trafficking is abolished and every survivor is strong, connected and free.


Sr. Joan has been engaged full-time in working to abolish human trafficking for over a decade. Since she founded LifeWay Network in 2007, her focus as the executive director has been establishing safe housing for human trafficking survivors in the New York area and educating the general public on the important issues regarding modern day slavery.

The lecture is free and does not require registration. You are welcome to attend a luncheon following the lecture where Sr. Joan will answer additional questions about her presentation. The cost is $10 and reservations are required by Mar. 19.

Register online:
https://lakeland.edu/Inside-Lakeland/ulrich-center-event-registration

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