Rick Ufford-Chase, a noted lay leader of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will visit Monmouth College Oct. 6-7 as part of an initiative to celebrate and strengthen the religious roots of the college, which was founded by Presbyterian pioneers in 1853.
The former moderator of the PC-USA General Assembly, Ufford-Chase will be the first speaker brought to campus under Monmouth’s newly founded Lux Center for Church & Religious Leadership. His activism in anti-violence and the protection of human rights will also highlight a new campus initiative for peace studies-related programming.
Ufford-Chase will lead the worship service at Faith United Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Eighth St., on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. That evening, at 7 p.m., he will present a public lecture on “Peacemaking in the 21st Century” in the Morgan Room of the college’s Poling Hall.
On Oct. 7, Ufford-Chase will preach at the weekly Monday chapel service at 12:10 p.m. at the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The public is invited to all three events.
Ufford-Chase has been active with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Christian Peace Witness for Iraq and the Olive Branch Interfaith Peace Partnership. He worked on the U.S./Mexico border for 20 years, where he founded the directed BorderLinks and worked in a variety of efforts to support migrants and refugees in the borderlands.
He and his wife, Kitty, currently serve as the co-directors of Stony Point Center, a conference center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Stony Point, N.Y. The center focuses on issues of sustainability and is home to the Community of Living Traditions, a multifaith community dedicated to the practice and study of hospitality, nonviolence and justice.
More information on Ufford-Chase’s visit is available from the Rev. Dr. Teri Ott, MC’s chaplain, at 309-457-2380 or firstname.lastname@example.org