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March 12, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis.—The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership is focusing on "Service: Being with/Doing for" as the topic of its 2003 Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference at Viterbo University, April 10-12.

Kicking off the conference is Notre Dame University theology professor Rev. Michael Baxter who will discuss "Present Your Bodies as a Living Sacrifice: A Theology for Those Doing More than ‘a Year of Service’" on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Working from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Baxter offers a theology of service based on an integrated conception of justice and love, one that calls upon Christians to repeat, in their lives, the priestly offering of Christ for the sake of the world. According to Baxter, such an offering means moving beyond the false alternatives of "direct service" or working for "systemic change." Instead, it involves moving toward the fundamental task of enacting the drama of Christian redemption in Christ—which is at once liturgical, theological, ethical, and social.

The rest of the conference, Friday, April 11, through Saturday, April 12, brings scholars from throughout the nation into conversation with students, faculty, staff, and other members of the La Crosse community to discuss traditional, ethical values and practices that are fundamental to the Franciscan and Catholic heritage of Viterbo. In addition to hearing from higher education scholars from throughout the country, attendees will hear from Viterbo speakers who include: Galadriel Chilton, library; Deb Daehn Zellmer, social work; Earl Madary, religious studies; Eric Manchester, philosophy; Pam Maykut, psychology; Richard Morehouse, psychology; and Tom Thibodeau, religious studies.

The keynote address is a free talk and is open to the public. The conference costs $15 per person but is free to students.  One does not have to be registered for the conference to attend Baxter’s talk. For more information on conference events, explore register, contact Richard Kyte, director, D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, at 608-796-3704 or email

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