Sharon Welch


"The Soul of Democracy "

Professor Sharon Welch, of the Unitarian Universalist Theological School in Chicago (Meadville Lombard), will describe what she sees as the struggle for the very soul of democracy: interdependence, reason, compassion, respect for all human beings, and stewardship of the natural world that sustains us. While the threats to democracy are real and growing, people throughout the world are also combating authoritarianism and working together to revitalize an inclusive and expansive democracy. Professor Welch will provide perspective on how to understand these rising threats and the vital ways that they can be countered.


About Sharon D. Welch:

Affiliate Faculty, Professor of Religion and Society

M.A. and Ph.D., Theology, Vanderbilt University

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Dr. Welch is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Humanist Studies, a Board member of the Cook County League of Women Voters, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network.

She has held positions as  Provost  and Professor at Meadville Lombard Theological school from 2007-2017, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri from 1991-2007. She was assistant and then associate professor of Theology and Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School from 1982 to 1991. While at the University of Missouri, Welch was a Senior Fellow in the Center for Religion, the Professions, and the Public, a project leader of the Ford-sponsored Difficult Dialogues Program, and co-chair of the MU Committee for the Scholarship of Multicultural Teaching and Learning.

Welch is the author of five books: Real Peace, Real Security: The challenges of global citizenship, After Empire: The Art and Ethos of Enduring Peace, A Feminist Ethic of Risk, Sweet Dreams in America: Making Ethics and Spirituality Work, and Communities of Resistance and Solidarity. Welch is also a regular contributor to Tikkun magazine, and is the author of many articles. Her most recent book, After the Protests Are Heard: An Ethic of Power, Professionalism and Risk, is being published by New York University Press.

Dr. Welch is the recipient of numerous awards, many of which recognize her excellence in teaching.  Among these are the Internationalizing the Curriculum Course Development Award (2002) and the College of Education, High Flyer Teaching Award (several years).  She also received the Annual Gustavus Myers Award: Honorable Mention for her 1999 book, Sweet Dreams in America: Making Ethics and Spirituality Work (Routledge). She was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology by Starr King School of the Ministry in May 2007.



Our Adult Programs:
A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
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