Rev. Liberty appointed director of Wilson Center

Rev. Rebecca Schlatter Liberty has been appointed director of the Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue for the 2018-19 academic year, effective Sept. 1.

Rev. Liberty has experience with religious and spiritual life at several universities, including Stanford University and Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, she served as a campus minister with students from any religious background or none, developing programs to help students make decisions for their future according to their deepest values and convictions.

From those conversations emerged her book, “The Treasure Hunt of Your Life: Seeking Your Calling, Encountering God, Finding Yourself.”

Born in the Midwest and raised in Silicon Valley, Rev. Liberty earned her bachelor’s degree in American studies from Amherst College, her master’s of divinity at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School, and her Master of Business Administration at Marylhurst University. She was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2002 and has served congregations in Hong Kong, northern California and Nevada. Most recently, she served as lead pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bangor, where she lives with her husband, a UMaine alumnus, and two young children.

The outgoing director, the Rev. Lauren Seganos Cohen, will conclude her time at the Wilson Center at the end of August.

The Wilson Center’s mission is to create progressive, ecumenical and multifaith dialogue for the UMaine community and through worship, study and service to work for social justice, honor diversity and provide opportunities for spiritual growth. The center’s core value is the equality of all people. The Wilson Center is located at 67 College Ave. in Orono.