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"It is not asked of the people of the cross that they cease to put their trust in the triumph of the Crucified. What is asked is that they let the Crucified and not the bourgeois culture with which they are identified define his triumph."

- from "Lighten Our Darkness" by Douglas John Hall

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 Alumni and Church Relations, at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2151.

Upcoming Events

19 Sep

Faith That Matters: Finding It, Living It, Sharing It

Our faith in God comes with many blessings—and a requirement—to serve and love others as God loves us. Through storytelling and a variety of music, Bryan Sirchio will help us all understand how we can show and share that love.

Bryan Sirchio is an ordained UCC minister, singer, songwriter and author who uses his life experiences and musical gifts to show how God’s love is available to everyone.

This annual event is funded by the Northeast Association UCC and Lakeland University’s Reinhard Ulrich Center for Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Thought.

Register online:

1 Nov
“So Many Ways of Saying God” will explore the ways faith is being remade for the modern age. This program will feature a discussion between two acclaimed authors: Christian Wiman, a professor in religion and literature at Yale Divinity School, and Barton Sutter, retired faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and an award-winning poet from Minnesota.

12 Feb
26 Mar
Founder’s Day Lecturer: Sr. Joan Dawber
Mar 26, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sr. Joan Dawber 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.


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20 Sep
Free yoga
Sep 20 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
26 Sep
Lit Loungers Books Group
Sep 26 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
27 Sep
Free yoga
Sep 27 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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