Lakeland University will present the inaugural Reinhard Ulrich Center Lecture in September featuring religious scholar Tony Campolo who will present a lecture titled “The state of the church.”
This program will be offered on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Younger Family Campus Center at Lakeland University, W3718 South Dr., Plymouth.
A renowned social activist, sociologist, pastor, author and public speaker, Campolo is co-founder of the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians, and continues to provide leadership for the group. He is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.
For more than 40 years, Campolo has also led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization which he founded to offer and support programs serving needy communities and creating opportunities to involve young people in ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on tonycampolo.org and redletterchristians.org.
Lakeland has created a Reinhard Ulrich Center for Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Thought, which takes over the programming of the former Mission House Center. It is funded in part through gifts from Lakeland alumni, friends and numerous United Church of Christ congregations.
The Ulrich Center is named for Reinhard Ulrich, a Lakeland graduate and pastor who for nearly 40 years taught and counseled countless Lakeland students while serving in a variety of academic leadership roles.
Lakeland has also created a group of Ulrich Scholars, students who will receive substantial scholarship support. Ulrich Scholars will be accepted based on their commitment to academic studies that integrate faith, reason and justice. Ten Ulrich Scholars will be admitted each fall, and they will be expected to complete rigorous course requirements and collaborate with fellow Ulrich Scholars in on- and off-campus programming related to ethics and contemporary issues.
Karl Kuhn, LU professor of religion, will occupy the Grace Chair of Religious Studies, which is funded by a gift from Grace Congregational UCC in Two Rivers, Wis. Kuhn will continue teaching in addition to mentoring the Ulrich Scholars.
The Ulrich Center will be located on the second floor of the Esch Library. It will also host a pastor and ethicist in residence who will support the teaching and programming activities for Ulrich Scholars.