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The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, a United Church of Christ minister, is the Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality, University Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Pacific University.  Dr. Currie earned his Master of Divinity degree at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. and his Doctor of Ministry degree at Chicago Theological Seminary. He lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Entries by Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Students And Faith Leaders Must Oppose Racism Together

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Students from Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College gathered Monday in protest and solidarity as people of different races, different backgrounds, different faiths and from different schools.

The cause, which brought people together, was the fight against racism. This past week...

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A Prayer for a Fearful America

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 2:30 PM

God of all people,

Again and again Scripture tells us: Be not afraid, for God is with us.
Still, we confess to fear in anxious times after attacks in Paris.
Help us to overcome fear with the gift of love.
Let us bring light to darkness.


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Terrorism Is Not A Religious Act

(19) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 9:06 PM

"Nous sommes tous des Français aujourd'hui."

Across the world, we watch with sadness the news from Paris. The people of France are hurting and so we are hurting too. Nothing can justify the attacks which occurred today. They are, as President Obama said, an attack on all humanity.

We search...

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

(8) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Across the globe, diverse people watch with a mixture of sadness, frustration, and even anger as violence once again escalates in Israel.

The co-directors of The Abraham Fund traveled this past week from Jerusalem to Pacific University in Oregon to present on their efforts at...

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Hurricane Patricia, Climate Change and God's Call to Protect Creation

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Two historic events collided this past week: Hurricane Patricia, the most dangerous hurricane in recorded history hit Mexico and diplomats from around the world gathered in Bonn for UN climate talks meant to produce a new accord to be signed this December in Paris.

Faith leaders, with one...

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Never Again In Oregon Happens Again

(130) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 6:02 PM

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. We also lift up the families of those impacted. Still, we must also...

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#PopeInUS Finding Common Ground With Pope Francis

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 1:19 PM

It was an honor to attend the welcome ceremony this morning for Pope Francis at the White House.

President Obama offered warm words for the pope on a beautiful September morning. The president noted the pontiff's concern for the "least of these in society" and his advocacy on...

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President Trump and Sec. Palin Vs People of Faith on Care of Creation

(4) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Sarah Palin wants a cabinet position in any future Donald Trump administration. Specifically, she'd like to be secretary of the Department of Energy. The former half-term Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate said this week:

I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is...
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Ashley Madison And The Clergy

(169) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 7:15 PM

Ashley-madison-hacked-customer-details-leakedSome are predicting that over 400 clergy and religious leaders will resign their positions this Sunday after their names appeared on the Ashley Madison list. As many of you know, this...

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Poor Stewardship: Why The West Is Burning

(8) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:19 PM

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.

For people of faith, this is a...

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The Christian Left Has a Voice in 2016

(78) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 3:44 PM

Charles Toy holds no high ecclesiastical office but this Oregonian has more influence then most any high church official can claim. Working with a team, including Rev. Mark Sandlin, this lay leader has brought together a community of over 200,000 progressive Christians to organize for the common good...

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A Person of Faith for Hillary Clinton

(22) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:55 PM

As a person of faith deeply committed to the common good, I am supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race for president. In 2008, I supported Barack Obama over Clinton. Why support Clinton now? She is the most progressive candidate in the race with the experience...

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Sweet Cakes For Your Soul

(14) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:49 AM

In 2013, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in the Portland, Oregon-area, refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The reason given: doing so would violate the religious convictions of the bakery's owners.

Recently, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), which enforces...

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My Confederate Flag

(72) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 12:57 PM

A lot of white Southerners in the wake of the Charleston shootings have been taking to social media to account for their own racism and offer apologies. It is only right and proper to do so because in taking account, owning responsibility, there is the opportunity to further address racism...

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Darkness Invades a Sanctuary -- But the Darkness Will Not Overcome It

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:32 PM

In Charleston last night, they gathered at "Mother Emanuel" to study Scripture.

The congregation, born out of the fight over slavery and whose first pastor, a slave, was put to death for leading a slave revolt, knew darkness and the deliverance of God's light of justice that shown...

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The GOP Needs a War on Christianity

(804) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 7:00 PM

It is a common and hyperbolic refrain that Democrats have been (and still are) the anti-religion party. Now, however, Republicans may be running into religion problems of their own as evangelical and Roman Catholics become more engaged with issues such as poverty and climate change.

"Like a moth to a...

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

(10) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 4:27 PM

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." None of the resolutions would advance the...

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Baltimore and Our Imperfect Union

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 10:58 AM

Those of us alive today owe a tremendous debt to the American women and men that over the course of the last century worked to create a more perfect union by establishing basic worker rights, breaking the back of Jim Crow, shattering some of the strongest glass ceilings for women,...

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Only One Potential 2016 Candidate Will Protect True Religious Freedom

(33) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 11:37 AM

As a Christian minister, I ​hold great concern for this past week's lawmaking circus in Indiana and Arkansas. Both original pieces of legislation were passed under the guise of religious freedom, but the real motivation was far more sinister.

The bills were written and lobbied for...

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People of Faith to GOP Leaders: Support Negotiations With Iran

(44) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 11:41 AM

GOP leaders in Congress are not just at odds with President Obama over how to approach negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program. Many faith leaders in the United States, including the National Council of Churches (NCC), have firmly supported the president's just peace strategy of diplomacy over...

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