The Ecumenical Center Board of Directors has announced that it is changing the name of the organization from The Ecumenical Center to The Richard Mauthe Center for Faith, Spirituality, and Social Justice. The decision comes as a result of the Center’s desire to honor the founder and guiding spirit behind the Ecumenical Center – The Rev. Richard Mauthe. The EC grew out of the former Newman Center on Hartung Street near the two-year UW Deckner campus. The EC opened a second location with the opening of the Shorewood campus in fall 1969, in a building near the main entrance boulevard overlooking Nicolet Drive. The current facility dates to 1982, when an ecumenical group of some 30 denominations secured a $650,000 gift from the trust of Arlene B. Walter to finance construction. The facility is an “island” surrounded by state property, and operates independently with a private board of directors.
Name change will be official with Tuesday night ceremony
The Mauthe Center re-naming will be made official on Tuesday (Nov. 2) at 7 p.m. during the monthly Tuesdays with Mauthe program hosted by the Center. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a talk by Fr. Mauthe on how it all began: the vision, the inspiration, and the hope behind an ecumenical dream in Northeast Wisconsin. The event is open and free to the public. RSVPs are required, however. Please call 920-465-5133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.