Lakeland University's Ulrich Center

Ulrich Center for Faith, Ethics and Justice

Named after Rev. Dr. Reinhard Ulrich, distinguished professor, ethicist and pastor who served at Lakeland from 1964 to 2001, the Ulrich Center for Faith, Ethics and Justice 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.

The Ulrich Center is committed to engaging diverse voices and contexts as it champions for the integrity and value of all of the persons, equitable access to the resources all persons need to thrive and faithful stewardship of God’s creation.

Community Initiatives

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 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, Rev. Dr. Julie Mavity Maddalena.

Questions? Please contact Julie A. Mavity Maddalena, Ph.D., at or 920-565-1000 ext. 2114.

Engaging Diverse Voices at Lakeland University's Ulrich Center
Rev. Dr. Reinhard Ulrich

Ulrich Scholars Program

Explore Faith, Ethics, and Social Justice

The Ulrich Scholars Program offers one full-tuition scholarship and up to nine $20,000 renewable scholarships per year for incoming students who are interested in exploring the intersections of faith, ethics and social justice. The goal of the program is primarily two-fold: to strengthen Lakeland’s religion program and to create additional opportunities for our students and other community members to engage in social justice initiatives.

Once admitted to Lakeland, students can apply via their Future Muskie Portal!


Qualifications & Expectations of Ulrich Scholars


  • Meet Lakeland requirements for admissions.
  • Submit Ulrich Scholars Application with 500-word essay through the Future Muskie Portal
  • Priority consideration will be given to applicants with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.2.


  • Declare and maintain satisfactory academic progress towards a major or minor in religion
  • Passion for exploring the intersection of faith, reason, and justice in dialogue with peers, Lakeland faculty and members of the community
  • Participate in the programming of the Ulrich Center for Faith, Ethics and Justice
  • Pursue social justice advocacy on-campus and in the local community

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