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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 through the generosity of a significant gift from the Wisconsin Conference UCC's Forward in Faith campaign, Lakeland alumni and friends, and numerous UCC congregations through the Wisconsin Conference UCC.

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

25 Sep
Annual Confirmation Program
Sep 25, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
How to be the kind of person you learned to be in Sunday School

A team of staff and counselors from United Church Camps will present this year’s annual Confirmation program. Using respect-based experiences and sensory simulations in an interactive presentation, participants will pick up life skills for unplugging and disconnecting in order to stay connected to a God who loves unconditionally.

Joining us from Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center will be Glenn Svetnicka, Dr. Glenis Benson, Tiffany Ludwig, Jednard Henry and Maddy Loss.

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

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8 Oct
Mission House Lecture: Shane Claiborne
Oct 8, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist and best-selling author who worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." His latest book, “Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence,” provides a provocative look at gun violence in America and shows why Christians should be concerned about gun violence and how they can be part of the solution.

Luncheon following lecture
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Room 209 of the Laun Center
Shane Claiborne will answer questions about his presentation.
Luncheon cost: $10 per person
Reservations required by Tuesday, Oct. 1.
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Lunchtime Yoga Fix
Sep 24 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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