A Catalyst for Discourse
In an effort to stimulate open communication and foster understanding, the Segerhammar Center strives to build bridges between the faith communities, academic theorists and leaders in professional life. In a complex and compartmentalized world, the Center provides a vital avenue of connection and creates an opportunity for real people to come together to grapple honestly with the big issues that face us as a society. As the host of "Faith and Life Conferences," and other events, the Segerhammar Center is a catalyst for discussions on Christian values and their expression in everyday life.
Generations of Influence
The Center is named for the late Rev. Dr. Carl Segerhammar and his wife Ruth, a couple who influenced generations of California Lutherans and were firm supporters of CLU from its inception. As a pastor and then bishop, Dr. Segerhammar was committed to the principles of inclusiveness and social progress, was a strong advocate for Lutheran higher education and one of CLU's founding fathers. The Segerhammars traveled world-wide in the interest of the world mission and ecumenism of the Lutheran Church in America. Closer to home, the Segerhammars' service on the campus was felt in many ways and, in 1978, they were awarded CLU's Distinguished Service Award. In 1980-81, Dr. Segerhammar served as acting president of CLU.
The Segerhammar Center was initiated by generous contributions and pledges by the family, friends and colleagues of the late Rev. Dr. Carl Segerhammar and his wife, Ruth. Ongoing additional support is needed and sought to continue the Center's important work, and there are opportunities for sponsorship of individual Center programs. To support the Segerhammar Center for Faith and Culture, contact the Office of Development at (805) 493-3829.