Rev. Dr. Larry Ulrich

Rev. Dr. Larry Ulrich is an interfaith environmental ethicist. He is a past Secretary of the Council of Religious Leaders of MetropolitanA Metropolitan is the title given to a bishop, used especially in the Orthodox family of churches today. Chicago, which self-identifies as the oldest urban interfaith organization in the United States and represents over five million believers. The Council Members represent eight faith traditions—Bahá’í, ChristianityChristianity is the religious tradition of Christians: those who confesses faith in Jesus Christ, follow the path Christ taught, and gather together in the community of the church., Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li..., IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., JainismThe term Jain or Jaina refers to the tradition of the Jinas, the “victorious ones” who have won spiritual liberation, and to those who follow it. The Jain tradition as we know it dates back some 2500 years to the life of the teacher Mahavira, said to ..., JudaismJudaism is the worldview, the way of life, and the religious practice of the Jewish people, living in covenant with God and in response to Torah, the laws and ethics which guide the pattern of Jewish life. Jews today interpret their three thousand year ol..., SikhismSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob..., and ZoroastrianismOriginating with the teachings of the Prophet Zarathushtra in the second millennium BCE, the ancient faith of Zoroastrianism is referred to as “the Good Religion” in the sacred texts. Zoroastrians are encouraged to live out their faith through the pra....

Dr. Ulrich is a member of the Interfaith Relations Commission, the Justice and Advocacy Commission, and the Eco-Justice Program of the National Council of ChurchesThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church .... He serves as one of seven Christians on the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, and he a member of the NCC Jewish-Christian Dialogue. An advisor to the Commissioner of the Environment in Chicago, he is an Interfaith Fellow of GreenFaith, a national foundation for interfaith environmental academic and advocacy engagement.

An experiential and academic educator in both medical and theological education, Dr. Ulrich is the first Protestant minister since the Reformation to serve as a Dean in a Roman Catholic Seminary, DeAndreis Institute of Theology. Professor of Medical Ethics at Rush Medical College, Rush University, and Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, he was Director of the Departments of Religion and Health at the Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Dr. Ulrich has been a Visiting Professor or Scholar at Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, All Hallows College (Dublin), The Sorbonne, Chaing Mai University (Thailand), and an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago Theological Seminary and Bethany Theological Seminary.

Historical Documentation and Future Planning for the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago

Dr. Ulrich’s affiliate project included five main objectives, as a starting point for further planning and collaboration.

  • Reconstructing the development of the Council over the past twenty-five years through a historical investigation,
  • Identifying the major justice and advocacy efforts undertaken by the Council as initiated interventions and/or position statements,
  • Documenting the Council’s organizational processes as the Council expands interfaith relationships with new members from different faith heritages,
  • Supporting interfaith dialogue, engagement, and expansion within the highly diverse religious and cultural dynamics in current American society, and
  • Continuing a cooperative stance with multiple, social, governmental, and independent agencies and organizations in Chicago to confront, responsibly and together, community injustices and to promote a more compassionate culture.

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