We are the Wilson Center!

The Wilson Center
for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue

The Wilson Center is an independent, progressive religious & spiritual voice on campus. Our most central value is the equality of all people – we welcome people of all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, religions, ethnicities, abilities, and economic backgrounds. We believe that we as a community and as individuals are enriched by diversity. We welcome seekers, agnostics, questioners, atheists, and people of every faith tradition. We welcome interfaith and multicultural events of all kinds.

Our Mission

The mission of the Wilson Center is to create progressive, ecumenical, and multifaith dialogue for the University of Maine community and through worship, study, and service, to work for social justice, honor diversity, and offer opportunities for spiritual growth.

Will You Help Support Our Mission?

Our Goals

  • To work for peace- both globally and locally
  • To reach out to all faiths and traditions in order to build true interfaith dialogue and programs
  • To explore & celebrate both religion & spirituality, and to develop the kind of inclusive, progressive religion/spirituality of which we would like to be a part
  • To design (or cooperate with others in) local and global service projects that have meaning for our community
  • To enhance communication across lines of ethnicity, culture, religion, theology, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and economic class
  • To build worship services, ethics discussion groups, film series, dinners and other spiritual or social events that speak to the needs and desires of the UMaine community

We hope you will join us!

Sonja Birthisel named new director

We have some exciting news to announce for the Wilson Center and our community. Sonja Birthisel has been named director of the Wilson Center effective September 1st, 2020.
Sonja, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maine and an alumna, has been actively involved in youth ministry for over 15 years. She has a passion for community service and experience as a teacher and community organizer. As a member of the Wilson Center since 2013, she was active in the long-running SpiritualiTEA discussion group. She coordinated the SCOPE grants for community service and social justice, and the annual Dorothy Clarke Wilson Peace Writing Prize at various times. She also served as caretaker for the Wilson Center garden. As a member of the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono, she serves on the Board of Trustees and is a co-leader of the Young Adults with Pizzazz (YAWP) program. She will be attending the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America New England Synod’s School of Lay Ministry part time beginning this fall.
We continue to let our values guide us as a multifaith, ecumenical organization that has served the UMaine community for more than a century. Our mission is to create progressive, ecumenical and multifaith dialogue for the University of Maine community and, through worship, study and service, to work for social justice, honor diversity and offer opportunities for spiritual growth.
We are excited for Sonja and cannot wait to see what she will accomplish as our director!