Office of Spiritual and Religious Life - Staff at a Glance
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is housed within the second floor of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, also known as Sabin House. Professional office staff includes the the Dean, the Associate Dean, and the Administrative Assistant/Sabin House Coordinator. We are proud employers of student employees as assistants, specialists, and Interfaith Activators. Interfaith Activators assist the office in the facilitation and operation of a safe multifaith environment and serve as our link to students and faithbased groups. Taize' Interns plan and lead our bi-weekly Taize services that are held at the Center for SRL and All Saints Episcopal church.
Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life
Joining Lawrence University in September 2016, Linda Morgan-Clement brings a passion for interfaith dialogue and does the daily work of encouraging the Lawrence community to embrace relationships within and in service to spirituality. As Dean, she provides direction in and around faith by encouraging collaborative approaches to weaving the campus community together wherever possible. Creating a brave and safe space, offering pastoral care, teaching, ministering locally, and being a stable campus touch point are just a few of the ways that Linda serves Lawrence.
Linda Morgan-Clement earned a bachelor’s degree from Carroll University in 1980, a master of divinity degree from Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary in 1984 and a doctor of ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2005.
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. As Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, Terra will enhance the office by building dialogues across campus, provide spiritual care to the students, staff and faculty, and also bring a presence that will strengthen the ideals of inclusivity and collaboration. After graduating from Lawrence, Terra continued her education and worked in various roles that support social justice. With a grounded nature and firm grasp of what makes up an ethical commitment, Terra's experience both within and beyond the Lawrence community make her an asset in any environment.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from Lawrence, Terra Winston 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
Dr. Elliot Ratzman
Jewish Life Mentor
Dr. Elliot Ratzman is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Jewish Studies in the Religious Studies Department at Lawrence. In 2018-19, along with teaching courses on race, religion, Bible, and the Israel-Palestine conflict, Ratzman will serve as Lawrence's Jewish Life Mentor.As Jewish Life Mentor, Ratzman will be a resource, advocate, and educator for Jewish students on campus. He will be organizing events and trips, as well as working to maintain a welcoming and engaging inter-religious campus climate.
Ratzman was an undergraduate at Ohio University, and earned a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. While studying at Harvard, Ratzman took his first courses in Jewish Studies with feminist theologian Judith Plaskow and with Elie Wiesel. After studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem for two years, Ratzman worked on his PhD at Princeton in the Religion Department, writing a dissertation on post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers and global humanitarianism. While working on his PhD, Ratzman taught at Swarthmore College, and at Temple University as their first Posen Fellow in Secular Jewish Studies. Along with teaching at Lawrence, Ratzman is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Theology and Religious Studies at St Norbert College.
Administrative Assistant / Sabin House Coordinator
As a support to the Dean and Coordinator for Sabin House, Karen began her time at Lawrence in February 2017. She is a strong supporter of the many students, staff and faculty that come to the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, and enjoys being a part of the higher education community. Karen feels that the development of a person as a whole is an important responsibility that each student faces, and to support those efforts through faith and spirituality is a gift and a privilege.
I am a Junior Anthropology major, campus food recovery volunteer, and a member of Lawrence Christian Fellowship. I love to read about different places around the world, and ancient history. I am from Dalton, Wisconsin. I am a WELS Lutheran. I became an Interfaith Activator because being exposed to different faiths, and religious practices allowed me to grow in my own faith and better understand where my beliefs fit into the world around me, and I would like to help other students at Lawrence experience that.
I am a fourth-year student majoring in biology and minoring in religious studies. I was born and raised on the beautiful Oregon coast, and I am excited for another year of contributing to the mission of Sabin House!
I am grateful to be able to learn, serve, and grow alongside other Lawrentians as I start my positions as Taize Intern at the Center for SRL! This will be a great hodgepodge of music, faith, and new friendships. Come talk to us if you're interested in Taize or want to learn more about it! We'd be all smiles to share. I am a junior and part of Lawrence's long history of singers.
New to the staff in the 2018-19 academic year.
If you are interested in becoming a student employee in the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, please visit Handshake via the Lawrence Link.