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Interfaith Peace Building Could Be Key in Ending Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The Abraham Fund's efforts, led by Jews and Muslims working side-by-side, represent a ray of hope in a region that too often lacks hope.

Never Again In Oregon Happens Again

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

It has happened again. Mass shootings like the one today at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg happen too often and Oregon has not been immune. Today we offer our prayers for those killed and injured. Still, we must also work to take steps that reduce gun violence this day so that there are no more days like this.

#PopeInUS Finding Common Ground With Pope Francis

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Pope Francis is clearly a religious leader who sees the values in unity over conflict. We should welcome that as we welcome him to the United States.

BDS as the Third Way

John H. Thomas | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
John H. Thomas

When a Palestinian Christian says, "If the only choice is between violent resistance to the Occupation or submission, you must understand that for us, submission is not an option," it needs to be heard not as a threat or ultimatum, but as a plea.

Poor Stewardship: Why The West Is Burning

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The American West is on fire this summer, literally. While wild fires are a normal occurrence in nature, there is no doubt that the fires being fought today (costing lives and resources) are bigger and more dangerous because of climate change.

Brave in the Face of Breast Cancer

Deborah Dean-Ware | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Deborah Dean-Ware

I am a 42-year-old wife, mother and local church pastor living with breast cancer. Actually, Jesus said it first. And the great Jewish prophets said it many times before him. But Marques Bovre, a Wisconsin-based singer/songwriter/theologian, had this amazing ability to bring Jesus' words to life through music and poetry.

A Person of Faith for Hillary Clinton

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

As a father of two young girls, who wonder aloud why their nation has never seen fit to entrust the presidency to a women, I recognize the historic important of Clinton's candidacy.

Sweet Cakes For Your Soul

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Aaron and Melissa Klein have misrepresented the essential teaching of the Christian church. Our greatest commandment is to love our neighbors and to love God. You cannot achieve that faithfully when you place a "gays not welcome" sign in your window.

Democratic Support for Israel Is Withering Rapidly

Josh Ruebner | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Josh Ruebner

More troubling news emerged this past weekend for those trying to prop up the once solid, now faltering, bipartisan backing for Israel.

UCC Action Seeking Peace Between Israel and Palestine

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

Delegates representing the United Church of Christ gathered in Cleveland last week, and among the many things they did over their week together was to debate a resolution regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Church's Rainbow Doors Say It All

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion

Days before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage around the United States last week, Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, Rhode Island, ...

The Struggle For The Soul Of The Church

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The story of the church and LGBT rights is also my story. I first came back to church as a gay, recovering alcoholic. The church taught me that I was beautifully and wonderfully made; and that to love myself and care for myself was a form of gratitude to my Creator. Years later, after I had been with my partner for 11 years, I was married in the Episcopal church we now attend, and It was one of the most moving events of my life.

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Another Major Christian Denomination Divests | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion

The United Church of Christ on Tuesday voted to divest from companies that it says profit from the occupation of Palestinian lands. The move passed...

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United Church Of Christ Condemns Washington NFL Team's 'Demeaning' Name | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports

Add the United Church of Christ to the list of organizations that want the District of Columbia's professional football team to drop its controversial...

An Open Letter to the United Church of Christ

Philip Farah | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Philip Farah

Many in your church are aware of the terrible conditions of the Palestinians. My message, as a Palestinian Christian, is a simple one: Please stand for justice and do not profit from those who cause severe harm to my people.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Movement The United Church Of Christ Should Reject

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting later this month, will consider two resolutions calling for divestment from Israel and another labeling the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as akin to "Apartheid."

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

People of Faith to GOP Leaders: Support Negotiations With Iran

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Are those who signed this letter willing to send more young American men and women to die on yet another battlefield in the Middle East when there is an option for peace without military conflict? Apparently so.

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

People of Faith Have Reason to Support President's State of the Union Proposals

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Tonight after watching President Obama's State of the Union Address and speaking today with White House officials about the proposals the president is making, I can report without hesitation that the president has put forward a domestic agenda people of faith concerned about families, poverty and education can support.

Daily Meditation: From War To Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.

Brittany Maynard Made A Moral Choice

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Oregon's death with dignity is not about the freedom to choose death; it is about recognizing the reality that death comes and that we can take medically appropriate steps to make that death as painless and dignified as possible.

As a Minister My Religious Freedom Changes with SCOTUS

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Marie Siroky

Media has been woefully silent on the countless large faith communities that affirm marriage between couples of same sex. Many for decades. Thus facts are a beautiful thing.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.