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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 and University Chaplain at Pacific University.  He lives in Portland, Oregon. 

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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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My Confederate Flag

(72) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:57 AM

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 | 1:32 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

(805) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:00 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

(8) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 3:27 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 | 9:58 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 | 10:37 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 | 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?

(51) 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

(60) 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

(9) 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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