Baker celebrates Founder’s Day
Baker University, the oldest university in Kansas, marked its 147th year of continual service in higher education Thursday with a Founders Day convocation at Osborne Memorial Chapel.
The annual event celebrates Baker's commitment to education and its religious heritage. Founded in 1858 by what is now the United Methodist Church, Baker is named in honor of Bishop Osmon C. Baker.
The service featured an address by the Rev. Susan Thurston Henry-Crowe, dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory University, who stressed the need to embrace religious diversity. Her speech included references to 18th century sermons by John Wesley, founder of Methodism, who cautioned against intolerance among members of different religions.
"These are times in which we must guard against bigotry,'' she said.
After her address, Henry-Crowe presented a 90-minute workshop, ''Living in a Multi-Faith World,'' to clergy at the Osborne Chapel.
Daniel M. Lambert, Baker president, called the university's founding "an astonishing act of faith'' among the pioneers who settled in the Baldwin City area during the 1850s.
"We were, for just a brief moment in history, the only university in Kansas,'' he said. "Then, as now, it was an honor to be the first and an honor to be the oldest.''