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Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie
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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. 

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An American in Israel -- Palestine Looking for Peace

(9) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 8:03 AM

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In January, as part of a tour sponsored by the Center for Jewish, Christian and...

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A Moral Imperative to Stop Donald Trump

(3) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 2:30 PM

The GOP is on the verge of nominating Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States of America. The American people face a moral imperative to stop Trump from becoming president.

This must occur at the ballot box. Only through our democratic traditions can we save our nation from...

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Faith Leaders: 2016 Election Needs Civility

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 12:53 PM

Political season is in full swing, and no one is happy about it.

People say they want civility - and many do - but voters, particularly those that support Donald Trump, are rewarding anger and outright bigotry.

Can't we do better?

President Obama mused on the...

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Looking For Peace In Israel/Palestine

(38) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 11:32 AM

Looking out on the Mediterranean Sea from Tel Aviv is a good time for reflection when ending a study tour of Israel-Palestine. Just over two weeks here has made a few issues clear.

First, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complex and does not lend itself to easy answers....

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People of Faith Can Help Cure Spiritual Sickness of Gun Violence

(29) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 4:55 PM

It is expected that President Obama will soon announce a series of new executive orders to help curb gun violence. People of faith should be at his side. The NRA - once a respected hunting organization that now sides with terrorists - is already...

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The Donald Trump Who Stole Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 11:08 AM

It might be the Christmas season, but the ugliness of our national discourse has cast a shadow on the occasion.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove wisely wrote recently:

... many Christian sisters and brothers who worry about losing their identity in a...
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Gun Violence Is Sin; Prayers Are Not Enough

(277) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 7:33 AM

What words are left?

If we as a nation are willing to allow mass causality gun crimes to go unanswered with legislation that could make a meaningful difference in the lives of our people, what words are left to share with those killed at the social services center in San...

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Students And Faith Leaders Must Oppose Racism Together

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:10 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 | 1:30 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.

We...

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Terrorism Is Not A Religious Act

(19) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 8:06 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 | 11:44 AM

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 | 2:22 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 | 5:02 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 | 12:19 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 | 11:31 AM

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 | 6:15 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 | 1:19 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 | 2:44 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 | 11:55 AM

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 | 10:49 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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