People and Groups
The people of Lawrence are what make it unique, and the spiritual life on campus has a presence as unique as the students and staff. Staff, dialogue facilitators, and student organizations work within their own faith traditions and build bridges among different faith practices to better understand the community around them.
Beyond campus, students can meet with a variety of spiritual leaders in the community.
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is housed within the second floor of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, located at the corner of Meade and Alton streets. Professional staff includes the Dean and Chaplain, the Associate Dean, the Practices Fellows, and the Administrative Coordinator.
Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain to the University
Reverend Linda Morgan-Clement brings a passion for encouraging the Lawrence community to recognize the interdependent nature of our lives. As Dean and Chaplain, she accompanies and supports all members of the community through innovative collaboration, journeying with individuals, and encouraging persons to ask big questions and claim their spiritual lives. Creating a brave and safe space, offering pastoral care, teaching courses in the Religious Studies department, ministering locally, and providing a stable campus touch point for students, staff, and faculty are just a few of the ways that Linda serves Lawrence.
Linda Morgan-Clement earned a bachelor’s degree from Carroll University, a master of divinity degree from Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life
In August of 2018 the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life rekindled a relationship with Terra Winston, an alumna of Lawrence University. Terra brings to the department a background in helping people navigate the nexus where their spirit meets the world through her work with Christian Peacemaker teams. As Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, Terra leads Spiritual and Religious Life's dialogue initiative, serves as the primary contact for spiritual and religious student organizations, and also provides spiritual care to the students, staff and faculty.
Terra earned a master of religious studies degree from the University of Chicago, a master of divinity degree from the McCormick Theological Seminary and a master of theology degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Practices Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life
Amber Latimer '15 serves as the first Practices Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life. Previously the Interim Director for the Gap Experience Program at St. Norbert College, Amber has firsthand experience mentoring emerging adults and helping them navigate their transformative college years. Amber's personal and professional travels have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Together with her life experience and work in therapeutic wilderness environments she brings a balanced approach to global issues and a commitment to experiential learning and education. Amber provides the administrative backbone for EXPLOREsophoMORE and is a small group facilitator, she designed and directed the inaugural RITU@L retreat that is one of Lawrence's new pre-matriculation offerings. She and Mudd, her dog, have established "Take a Hike' and the full-moon hikes, and she facilitates "Gap Chats".
In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her partner and their dog, spending time with family, and catching up with her friends - many of whom she met as a student at LU.
Practices Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life
Della is a recent graduate from St. Norbert College in De Pere where she studied Sociology. She is excited to work with first year students as a Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life. Della also advises the PLUS Program in the Diversity and Intercultural Center, coordinates the Center's practices in attention, and hosts the Tuesday evening book club. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading and spending time outside.
As a lover of walks, belly rubs, and squirrel watching, Mudd has become the most sought after member of the staff. While he spends most of his time upstairs with Amber, he always enjoys greeting students in the living room and finds fulfillment in bringing joy to all he encounters. You can find him in the building most Tuesdays alongside Amber, as that's his day to steal the show during Take a Hike.
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life Assistant
Originally from O'ahu, Hawai'i, Taylor is a second-year student majoring in violin performance. In her free time, she loves to maintain balance in her life by bullet-journaling, listening to music, and making arts and crafts.
Nafis Ahmed Munim
Nafis is a second year international student with interests in computer science, economics, math and data science. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, competitive programming, and improving the elegance of his algorithms. He is also an economics tutor on campus.
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life Administrative Assistant
Avery is a third year Violin Performance Major and Psychology Minor. They lead the Deep Listening Club on campus and also served as a Connection Cultivator peer leader for this year's RITU@L Retreat.
If you are interested in becoming a student employee in the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, please visit Handshake via the Lawrence Link.