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The Rev. Chuck Currie, a United Church of Christ minister, is the Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and University Chaplain at Pacific University.  He lives in Portland, Oregon. 

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People of Faith to GOP Leaders: Support Negotiations With Iran

(44) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 10:41 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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#VaccinesWork: Open Letter to Parents & Families From Faith Leaders

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Dear Parents and Families,

As faith leaders, we have watched with growing concern the debate over vaccinations.

The common good of our nation relies on all of us looking out for one another. We have to remember how our choices impact those around us. Diverse faith traditions, including Christianity,...

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

(16) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:11 PM

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...

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I Apologize for Christian Hate

(47) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 2:05 PM

It is frustrating to many, regardless of faith tradition, that Muslims across the world are required to condemn acts of terrorism committed by extremists in the name of Islam each time such an act occurs. By now it should be clear to anyone paying attention (and we can be sure...

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Will Police Unions Battle Houses of Worship or Seek Reconciliation?

(50) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 3:52 PM

We face a critical breach in our nation between law enforcement and the public. This is illustrated today most deeply in New York City but travels the nation all the way to Portland, Oregon - and from north to south - and many of the same issues exist....

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Welcoming the Stranger With Executive Action

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 7:54 AM

Faith leaders across the United States were eager to hear President Obama outline a series of executive actions that he is taking to address America's immigration crisis. Conservative evangelical Christians, progressive mainline Christians and Roman Catholics (ranging the wide spectrum of Roman Catholics in...

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Brittany Maynard Made A Moral Choice

(55) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 9:41 PM

Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who moved from California to Oregon to avail herself of Oregon's Death With Dignity law, has died, according to social media and news accounts.

How we die has been a difficult issue for people of faith. The Roman Catholic Church has long...

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Stumbling Toward a Just Peace

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:09 PM

In the mid-1980s, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted for our denomination to become a "Just Peace" church. This was seen as an alternative to the Christian model of "Just War" which sanctioned war under some conditions. Just Peace, on the other hand, tried...

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From Ferguson to Forest Grove: Keeping Hope Alive for Racial Progress

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:04 PM

The Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality recently hosted "From Ferguson To Forest Grove: A Forum Exploring The Intersection of Racism and Law Enforcement." We were honored by the participation and attendance of students, faculty, staff, community members, law enforcement, and a panel of leaders...

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Robin Williams... and My Dad

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:16 AM

The shocking news about Robin Williams' apparent suicide isn't really shocking so much as it is commonplace. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control reported 39,518 suicides, which makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

In 1998, Steve Currie, an award-winning television producer and my...

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An Absurd Peace Plan That Might Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:32 AM

As a progressive Christian minister in the United Church of Christ, and one committed to interfaith cooperation and peace, I know it is with great pain that people across the globe watch the difficult events in Israel-Palestine continue to unfold day after day. A sense of hopelessness pervades...

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Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

(45) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 2:33 PM

As a minister in the United Church of Christ, I have committed myself to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus. For me, following Jesus begins with the Greatest Commandment: to love God and love neighbor. Too often our Holy Scriptures have been wielded as a tool for...

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Oregon School Shooting Calls For Faithful Outrage

(27) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:55 PM

2014-06-10-10405852_10152550405928783_70282343_n.jpgThere was another school shooting in Oregon today. This time at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., just outside of Portland. A mass shooting took place here at Oregon Thurston High School in 1998. Few will ever forget it. Between those we've...

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Marriage Equality Comes To Oregon; Be Joyful

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Today marriage equality has finally come to Oregon.

As a minister in the United Church of Christ, which first endorsed marriage equality in 2005, I see this as a victory for religious freedom and a decision entirely consistent with Christian ethics. For too long, people have...

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Creation In Peril: 'For Everything Created by God Is Good'

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:48 PM

A visit to Washington, D.C. last week, Holy Week and Easter, and a cold have put me behind in nearly every area of my life -- professional and personal. Still, I feel called to take time I don't have to speak out as a person of faith on the recently...

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#GetCovered: The Story of Erica Martinez

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Erica Martinez, 27, has played by the rules. A graduate of Southern Oregon University, she has been an active member of University Park United Methodist Church since she was a teenager. She volunteers with the congregation's Community Outreach Committee, is a regular member of the choir and works -- often...

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Where Are the Better Angels of Our Nature?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:50 AM

President Obama made a compelling case in his State of the Union Address about the nation we should be and not just the nation we are.

In telling the story of Cory Remsburg, a wounded Army Ranger, who made great sacrifices for our country, President Obama called on...

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GOP Dishonors Lincoln And King With Gun Raffle

(112) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 10:44 AM

In an obscene gesture, the Multnomah County GOP in Oregon is raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle "in honor" of the memories of Abraham Lincoln and The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two great Americans cut down by bullets from the guns of assassins. In committing this act, the...

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A Prayer Of Thanksgiving For Nelson Mandela

(8) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 4:23 PM

This day we give thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela.
He led a nation on a long walk to freedom.
He fought for reconciliation and not retribution.
He argued for peace in place of war.

Lord, we give you thanks for Madiba.

When other surrendered...

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From Dallas to Sandy Hook: Lord Have Mercy

(19) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 7:57 PM

This week we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as we prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of the massacre of school children in Sandy Hook.

Do Americans put more faith in guns than in God? It is idolatry to worship false idols but...

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