On Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30 pm in Vollum Lecture Hall, the Reed Secular Alliance will sponsor author Michele Ulriksen’s talk, “The Perils of the Faith-Based Initiative: A Survivor of a Religious Boot Camp Speaks Out”. She will read from her non-fiction memoir, Reform at Victory, which describes her year-long confinement in a locked-down, unlicensed, unregulated, fundamentalist Baptist reform school in the mid-1980s. Victory Christian Academy in Ramona, California, was closed by California authorities in the early 1990s for numerous violations, including a documented death.
Ulriksen will discuss how and why these “schools” thrive, and will also warn of the dangers of allowing government sponsorship and deregulation of religious institutions under the Faith Based Initiative. Michele Ulriksen had four years of work experience as a writer and editor for Oregon Public Broadcasting, and has been printed in World Kid Magazine, Listen Magazine, Freethought Today, Gazette-Times, OPB Member Guide, Willamette Freethinker, The Peaceworker, Red Room, International Library of Poetry, Willamette Week, and The Vanguard, among other publications. We hope you’ll join us there!