Religion and Social Health Policy
HUM 100 | First Year Seminar
Introduction to the Bible in Historical Context
About Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie
The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. At Pacific University, he serves as the director of the Center for the Peace and Spirituality, university chaplain, and as assistant professor of religious studies. His academic work has focused on the intersection between theology and public policy.
Dr. Currie spent 17 years working directly on issues related to homelessness and housing before earning his master of divinity degree. As a minister in the United Church of Christ, he has worked to build interfaith coalitions to address critical national issues, such as healthcare, gun violence, climate change and immigration reform.
“Pacific University has a historic commitment to celebrating the rich diversity of their students, “ says Dr. Currie. “In my role as director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and university chaplain, we have the opportunity at Pacific to more fully explore how faith intersects with the range of issues being studied in both undergraduate and graduate programs.”
Dr. Currie earned his Master of Divinity degree at Eden Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree at Chicago Theological Seminary.
He has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and been mentioned or quoted in The New York Times, The La Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, NPR, and is seen, heard or quoted frequently in local media. Dr. Currie is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
Dr. Currie is married to Liz Smith Currie, a senior policy advisor to the chair of Multnomah County. They live in Northeast Portland with their twin daughters, Katherine and Frances, a parrot named Bleu Bird Bright, a dog named Judge Warning, and two under appreciated cats.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) with an emphasis on Public Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.
Master of Divinity (MDiv), Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
Rev. Currie has written guest pieces for many publications, including The Washington Post, The Hill and The Oregonian. He is a regular contributor to the religion section of The Huffington Post.
Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Blessed Are The Peace Makers Award, Word Council of Churches
Distinguished Service and Leadership Award, National Association For The Education Of Homeless Children and Youth
- Sunnyside Church and University Park Church, Portland, Ore., Senior Minister, 2012-2014
- Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, Portland, Ore., Interim Minister, 2006 – 2009
- First United Methodist Church, Portland, Ore., Director of Community Outreach, 1998-2002
- First United Methodist Church, Portland, Ore., Shelter Manager, 1997-1998
- Transition Projects, Inc. Portland, Ore., Administrative Housing and Property Coordinator, 1995-1996
- Outside In Socio-Medical Aid Station, Portland, Ore., Housing Coordinator / Emergency Service Worker, 1991-1995
- Waterfront Classics, Inc., Portland, Ore., Executive Producer, 1987-1991
Previous Community Service
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Public Policy Committee
National Coalition for the Homeless, Board of Directors
National Coalition for the Homeless, Civil Rights Committee
North American Street Newspaper Association, Board of Directors
Oregon Housing Now Coalition, Board of Directors
Outside In Socio-Medical Aid Station, Board of Directors
Burnside Advocates Group, Board of Directors
Multnomah County Community Action Commission (Chair 93-94)
Burnside Community Council, Executive Board