Pacific University's Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie to Attend White House Easter Prayer Breakfast

At the invitation of President Obama, Pacific University chaplain, assistant professor and Center for Peace and Spirituality director Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie will travel to Washington, D.C., for the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, March 30.

"It is a great honor to be invited back to the White House for this special occasion," said Dr. Currie. President Obama and Dr. Currie first met in 2007 when then-Sen. Barack Obama was working on a bill to assist homeless veterans. Dr. Currie is a former member of the board of directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless. 

"President Obama can be proud of his record of achievements," Currie said. "I've not agreed with every decision made by the Obama Administration but the Iran Deal and the opening of relations with Cuba, along with passage of the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act, are moral accomplishments applauded by diverse faith leaders and those concerned with social justice."

Dr. Currie was last at The White House during the fall of 2015 for the welcoming ceremony marking the arrival of Pope Francis to the United States.

"My first visit was during the 2009 holiday season," remembers Currie. "I've deeply appreciated the honor of working with staff from The White House on a host of issues over the years and greeting President Obama to Oregon during most of his visits here. This president and his staff have been incredibly kind to allow me to offer advice, often unsolicited, on important policy issues that impact the common good of the United States.

"This may the last time I am ever invited to The White House. I'll look forward to continuing to work with the Obama Administration until President Obama leaves office in 2017," Currie said. "My hope is to continue to build on the relationships I've made with officials in Washington, D.C.. to further efforts to equip students to work for peace and a more just world."

Dr. Currie can be reached at 971-322-7920 or chuck.currie@pacificu.edu during his visit to The White House.

Mar. 27, 2016