Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I'm excited to share the news that I've been named the new Associate Director of The Westar Institute, one of our nation's most important academic bodies focusing on the critical study of religion. For many, the work undertaken by the Westar Institute is a beacon of hope to anyone wishing to embrace a spiritual life that has more intellectual integrity. The Westar Institute is best known as the home of the Jesus Seminar.
Just recently The Westar Institute relocated from California to the campus of Willamette University. Dr. Stephen Patterson, Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University, is the director of The Westar Institute. We've known each other both from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and Salem's First Congregational United Church of Christ.
You can read more about my appointment on the website of The Westar Institute. I hope that all my friends and colleagues will consider becoming a supporter of The Westar institute either as an associate member or as a contributor. Biblical scholars can apply to become Westar Fellows.
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I look forward to working with all those associated with The Westar Institute - but particularly with the membership and the churches that take advantage of the educational programs we offer.
In addition, I look forward to continuing my work toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at Chicago Theological Seminary and will also be transferring my church membership to Ainsworth United Church of Christ in NE Portland, where our family lives. Ainsworth UCC is a multi-racial, open and affirming, just peace church with a long tradition of active community involvement. I will retain my standing as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
Rev. Chuck Currie
Read the press release from The Westar Institute below the fold: