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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

27 Nov
Clergy Workshop: Preaching in Angry Times
Nov 27, 2018 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Rev. John Thomas will conduct a facilitated dialogue offering clergy an opportunity to support and learn from one another while discussing what it means to bear faithful testimony to the gospel in a disturbing and divided age. Participants will explore the challenges of these extraordinary times for preachers seeking to be both pastor and prophet to their congregations amid the many questions of racial, economic and environmental justice confronting our communities and nation. Particular attention will be given to the upcoming Advent texts and how they might speak to our congregations today.

John Thomas retired from full time teaching and administrative work at Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016 but continues teaching courses on a part time basis. He was the General Minister and President of the UCC from 1999 to 2009. Prior to that he served for 17 years in parish ministry in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and was the denomination’s ecumenical officer from 1992 to 1999. He is a member of Epiphany United Church of Christ in Chicago and serves on the Board of Arise Chicago, a religion and labor non-profit addressing issues of worker justice.

Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov. 19
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12 Feb
Lenten Lectionary, led by Professor Karl Kuhn
Feb 12, 2019 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Penises and Pollution: the reframing of maleness and dirty people in Luke’s Gospel
By ancient standards, Jesus didn’t know how to be a man, or how to keep clean. Jesus committed one polluting and emasculating act after another. And yet, as Luke presents it, Jesus embodied a form of maleness and purity essential to the kind of community that mediates the blessing of God. Drawing from his book, Insights from Cultural Anthropology (Fortress Press, 2018), Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn will share some of the latest research on masculinity and purity in ancient Mediterranean society. Participants will discuss how these insights can enrich our reading of Luke’s narrative, including passages featured in the upcoming lectionary cycle, and guide our proclamation of authentic personhood and purity among our communities today.

Cost: $35; continental breakfast and lunch included

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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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