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Press Release for Monday, January 25, 2016

Former White House Press Secretary Discusses Faith in Politics

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida presents Mike McCurry: Faith in Politics, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Lazzara Performance Hall, Room 2400, on campus.


McCurry will discuss his journey from press secretary for former President Bill Clinton to joining the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., as professor of public theology, and how faith has shaped his distinct political perspectives as well as the role religion should or will play in politics. 


“One way or another, what we believe and how we form our values and what we’re taught from our faith traditions does impact the way in which we serve in a public capacity,” said McCurry. 


He is a Washington-based communications consultant who is also active within the administration of the United Methodist Church, serving as a lay delegate to the Church General Conference and on various denominational boards. He currently co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates.  

McCurry serves on numerous boards and advisory councils for including Share Our Strength, the Junior Statesmen Foundation, Children's Scholarship Fund, the Wesley Theological Seminary, United Methodist Communications and the White House Historical Association.


This free event is open to the community; however, tickets are required for entry and may be obtained online at . Free parking will be available in Lot 2, adjacent to the Carpenter Library, Building 12, as well as on the second through fourth floors of the Fine Arts Center Parking Garage, Building 44, and the adjacent Lot 1. For more information about the event, contact the OneJax Institute at UNF at (904) 620-1529.


As an interfaith organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF educates, advocates and builds community to promote respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.