Upcoming Events | Center for Peace and Spirituality

Social Justice Retreat 2017 Application Announcement

Do you have an interest in social justice, creating an inclusive campus climate, and becoming a social justice leader on campus? If so, you are encouraged to apply to be a participant in an upcoming social justice leadership retreat that will be held Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, January 28, 2017 on the Oregon Coast. The retreat is designed to (a) examine structures of privilege (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) and their effect on our campus, (b) provide individuals with the skills to be effective allies and social justice leaders, and (c) provide students with the opportunity to discuss and identify ways to foster social justice on campus.

Organized by a broad range of faculty and staff (Social Science Professors, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Peace and Spirituality, Graduate and Undergraduate Student Activities, and Alumni Relations) this retreat ultimately strives to create an affiliation of diverse members the Pacific University community (including undergraduate and graduate students) that will be engaged in discussions throughout the year about social justice at Pacific. If you are interested in the retreat, please use the following link to complete an application:

Application Link

The review of applications will begin Monday, November 7, and applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until we’ve reached capacity.

Hands Up Comes to Pacific University Oct. 22-23

The Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality, with support from the Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University, is proud to welcome “Hands Up" - the must see play offered by The August Wilson Red Door Project  - to the Forest Grove campus of Pacific University. Three performances will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar Street). Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be obtained through eventbrite.com.

Hand’s Up is a powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and others. Seven black playwrights have been commissioned to write monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling" notes the August Wilson Red Door Project, whose mission is to "change the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.

"Black lives do matter," says Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, University Chaplain and director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality at Pacific University. "Too often, however, black lives are still seen as being expendable or of less worth in America. This tragic reality is worth reflecting and acting on. Hands Up challenges audiences to hear difficult accounts of interactions African-Americans have with police. In Portland, the play was sold out and one Portland Police officer who attended was moved to begin an on-going dialogue with one of the actors about systemic racism. My hope is that this play jump starts similar conversations between students and the larger community."

In support of the mission of Pacific University to help equip students to create a more just world, the Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful study, reflection and action based on the recognition that inter- and intra-personal peace are inherently connected and that concerns for personal spirituality are intimately related to concerns for one's social, historical, cultural and natural environment.

For additional information, please contact Rev. Dr. Currie at 503-352-2032 or chuck.currie@pacificu.edu


Pacific University Will Mark Peace Day With Peace Pole Dedication

The Pacific University community will mark International Day of Peace – Wednesday, September 21st – with the dedication of a Peace Pole on the Forest Grove campus in front of Scott Hall at 10am.  A short ceremony will occur followed by a reception with refreshments. All are welcome.