Portland Seminary

Portland Seminary, formerly known as George Fox Evangelical Seminary, was founded in 1947 and is located in Portland, Oregon. Their current dean is Dr. Chuck Conniry. Portland Seminary joined the SSA in 2012, as a founding partner school.

Mission Statement: We exist to serve the present and future church by developing students as leaders and scholars to be influencers in the Kingdom of God. By integrating spiritual formation into a historical, theological, biblical, and pastoral curriculum, students are encouraged to deepen their understanding of themselves as connected to God, the Church, and the world.



“We are now using 20 percent less energy today than we were five years ago, in spite of the fact that we added 3 buildings and about 30 percent more in the way of undergraduate resident students. So we are committed to this. We are looking ahead at alternative transportation for our students; we’re looking at composting. Right now we are directing about 37 percent of our solid waste into composting and other things. But in five years, we’re going to be redirecting about 70 percent of our waste through composting and other efforts, so we are on board.”- Dr. Chuck Conniry, Vice President and Dean, Portland Seminary


SSA Liaisons:

Brunner HeadshotDan Brunner is Professor of Christian History and Formation at Portland Seminary. Heobtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford and is the author of Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology (Baker Academic).




chericebock2015headshotCherice Bock lives in Oregon where she teaches at George Fox University and its seminary, and serves as the community garden coordinator. She holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is working on a PhD in environmental studies at Antioch University New England. Bock was honored to serve as a 2015 Re:Generate Fellow at the Wake Forest School of Divinity‘s Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative, and she is a 2016 GreenFaith Fellow. She edits the environmental studies journal Whole Terrain, and is a regional editor for Christ & Cascadia, an online journal exploring theology and culture in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. A Quaker, Bock sees environmental concerns as one of this generation’s most important social justice issues. Her academic work focuses on nonviolent theology, Quakerism, liberation pedagogy, feminism, environmental justice, and ecotheology. Her recent work includes a study of hope as it relates to environmental care, with research in the fields of psychology, philosophy, ethics, social theory, pedagogy, and theology. Her paper: “Climatologists, Theologians, & Climate Change: Toward an Ecotheology of Critical Hope” appeared recently in the journal Cross Currents. Cherice enjoys growing and tending fruits, veggies, and chickens, hiking and camping in the mountains, and biking around town with her spouse and two sons.



Portland Seminary Creation Care Links:

A.J. Swoboda Releases Book on Ecology and Pentecostals

Four Ways to Talk About Environment as an Evangelical Christian Liaison A.J. Swoboda penned this piece for Sojourners.

George Fox Evangelical Seminary Takes the Lead on Ecotheology Textbook Dan Brunner is currently in the process of writing the book.

Christian Earthkeeping Concentration George Fox describes its Earthkeeping Concentration program, including course descriptions.

Creation: Why We Care George Fox Theological Seminary describes their Creation Care Committee and the impact it is having on the educational and food services on campus.

Worms! The compost system at George Fox helps reduce waste from the cafeteria while simultaneously fertilizing the grounds.

Message from the President: Creation Care at George Fox The seminary president takes a moment to describe the purpose behind the creation care efforts at George Fox.

It’s a Green, Green, Green, Green World This article from the George Fox Journal describes the seminary’s newly-built LEED certified dorm building, as well as the revolutionary ways their food service provider is changing the dining experience on campus.

Buying Local Bon Appetit, the dining service provider on George Fox’s campus, now buys local food to reduce the fossil fuels used to transport it to campus.

E-Bike Revolution Electric bicycles are helping George Fox students reduce their fossil fuel consumption with greater ease.

Community Garden The idea for George Fox’s community garden was inspired by the teachings of Wendell Berry.

Clyde’s Canyon Clyde Thomas, Director of Plant Services at George Fox, spent his childhood in the canyon on campus. Now he devotes his time to preserving the wildlife that is dying off and ensuring that the natural species will survive.

Container Change The dining service provider on George Fox’s campus has replaced plastic containers with compostable options.

Teaching by Example George Fox professors discuss the various ways they teach their students through their actions, in addition to classroom experiences.

Le Shana Residence Hall Le Shana Residence Hall is an earth-friendly apartment building on the George Fox campus.

Faculty Offer Solutions George Fox faculty members answer the question, “What should I do about creation care?”

George Fox Strives to Reduce Carbon Footprint The seminary has set a goal to reduce their carbon footprint by 10 percent by 2015.