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.”
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.
David Boersema is the founding director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality. He is a Distinguished University Professor of philosophy and also the Douglas C. Strain Chair of Natural Philosophy. He served as chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies program from 1996 to 2004. Under Dr. Boersema's leadership, the university community developed a mission for the center and Dr. Boersema recruited nationally known speakers on peace and civil rights to visit campus.