"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
Throughout its history, Lakeland University has been intentional about maintaining a close relationship with its founding church, now the United Church of Christ. Over the years, the University has attempted to do this by providing educational services to its church constituency in a number of innovative ways. Most recent among these have been the establishment of the Mission House Center. The Mission House Center is an ecumenical program center providing broadly based opportunities for continuing education, study, and reflection for clergy and laity.
Programs of The Mission House Center include:
- Mission House Lecture
- Biannual theological consultations between the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Church of Westphalia in Germany
- Theological colloquies on contemporary issues
- Clergy in Residence Program available to pastors of the UCC and its partner churches
Mission House Lecture, featuring Christian Wiman, a professor in religion and literature at Yale Divinity School, published poet and former editor of Poetry magazine; and Bart Sutter, retired faculty member of University of Wisconsin in Superior and an award-winning poet from Minnesota.
Founders’ Day Lecture, featuring Sr. Joan Dawber, founder of Lifeway Network in New York City, speaking on human trafficking.