The Rev. Richard T. Schellhase will speak at Ursinus College on Jan. 17 as the holder of the Davis Visiting Professorship of Judeo-Christian Values. The talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. His talk is titled “Some Thoughts About Being at Home in the Universe.” The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Schellhase has had a long and distinguished career in the field of philanthropy and in the clergy. Born in 1924 in Norristown, Pa., he attended Mercersburg Academy and was a member of the Ursinus College Class of 1945. He received a degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and attended the University of Edinburgh and the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.
Since 1947 he has been a respected clergyman in the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and its successor, the United Church of Christ. His philanthropic career accomplishments include a decade as the Director of Development for the Buddhist Churches of America Endowment Foundation. He also served as Vice President for Development, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Calif., and as Vice President for Development, Lancaster Theological Seminary. In each position he headed highly successful capital campaigns. The Rev. Schellhase served as Assistant Professor of Religion at Ursinus College from 1956 to 1964 and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Ursinus in 1968. He is a member of the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, Calif.
The Davis Chair of Judeo-Christian Values was established by Nancy Davis in honor of her late husband, Thomas, Class of 1952, a former Trustee.
Ursinus College is a highly selective, independent coeducational liberal arts college located on a scenic, wooded 170-acre campus in suburban Philadelphia. The college is one of only 8 percent of U.S. Colleges to host a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.