Children's Memorial at Yad Vashem The intensity of our trip kicked up a notch with a Friday morning visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum here in Jerusalem. So striking was the historical memory of how Jews fleeing persecution were...
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Chicago Theological Seminary students are posting reflections of our trip to Israel - Palestine on the CTS Journeys Blog. Read them here. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
Participants on the trip have been invited to offer morning reflections. My turn came today and I spoke from the top of Masada. What I focused on was a common theme we've heard from Jewish, Christian and Muslim peace activists: the power of hope.
What was remarkably obvious as you watched different tour group wander around the city was that each was being told a different story...How one heard and understood those stories shape understandings about God and people. These different narratives are what make war and hatred possible. At the same time, these stories hav
Our group arrived safely if not exhausted in Tel Aviv this afternoon from Chicago and then made our way to Jerusalem where the plan had been to watch the sunset from the Haas-Sherover Promenade. This is said to be the place where Abraham first saw Mount Moriah. However, delayed planes and buses meant we arrived after sunset
Flying now over the Atlantic and saw this action alert via J Street on Twitter, the pro-Jewish, pro-peace organization based in DC: @jstreetdotorg: In @theprospect, @GershomG challenges US Congress on legislation that defends settlements https://t.co/hsOkcEgCib https://t.co/89nHFMKFjx Good question. Official U.S....
Have arrived in Chicago for an overnight stay. Then it is off to Israel tomorrow via Germany. Below are two stories that caught my attention on arriving back in the Windy City.
"How have Tel Aviv’s young liberals responded to a decision by Israel’s conservative, right-wing education minister to ban from the official reading list a novel about forbidden love between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Muslim? They've made a video of Israelis and Palestinians kissing each other..."
Taking care of last minute details. Responding to emails. Packing. Such has been my day. Early Friday morning I leave to Chicago and from there on to Israel and Palestine. PBS Frontline offered something of a gift for my pre-trip...
My latest op-ed in The Huffington Post: Brittany Maynard made a moral choice http://t.co/A9jphW3YdE — Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) November 3, 2014
News that there is a person possibly with Ebola undergoing treatment in Oregon should not be reason for panic or great concern. Faith leaders have been in direct contact with federal officials as this international crisis has unfolded. Fear should not define our reaction.
We are not fully free because we do not treat the “other” as necessary, as integral, when there is no one, not a soul, that can be left behind. If we do not love neighbor as ourselves, we have no hope.
Still deciding how to vote on Oregon ballot measures? Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), the state-wide council of churches and faith-based organizations, has produced their annual Voter's Guide to Ballot Measures for the 2014 elections.
SC GOP figure Todd Kincannon wants to execute Ebola victims. He claims a Christian faith but betrays God and seemingly has lost his humanity. His comments, fueled by racism, are a deep embarrassment to South Carolina, a state I love. SC church leaders should take the opportunity to condemn his beliefs.
Is there a baseline understanding of Jesus’ teachings that, at the very least, mainline Christians might share, particularly in a world so broken by war and suffering from the lack of a just peace that threatens to destabilize all of creation? Walter Rauschenbusch offered a foundational argument regarding whether or not J
Houses of worship have every right to preach on social issues and to take part in advocacy campaigns. Politicians cannot - no matter where you stand on the central issue involved in this case, LGBT-rights - subpoena sermons from clergy.
The media will now pile on Hayes. Real issues – like poverty, that weren’t being covered anyway – will be ignored even more as “reporters” follow Hayes and Kitzhaber around demanding to know about the state of their relationship.
.@UnitedChurch of Christ victorious in lawsuit as judge strikes down N.C. gay marriage ban http://t.co/i50bQrIGOh — Rev. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) October 12, 2014
Reposted via Faith in Public Life Washington, DC – Nearly 200 Protestant, Catholic and Evangelical faith leaders and professors issued a statement calling on the Obama administration to take stronger steps to protect civilians when carrying out airstrikes in Syria....
Our people mourn while too many of our politicians yield to the power of the NRA over the common good of the people of Oregon, and the United States. We need additional common sense gun controls and additional mental health counseling. Too many people worship guns instead of God.
My new op-ed: #Climatechange crisis reminds us we are called to care for creation (guest opinion) http://t.co/MPmC5lW3cS #ActOnClimate — Rev. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) May 31, 2014
Don't put the Portland street fee burden on the poor, warns @RevChuckCurrie. Public hearing at 2 pm. http://t.co/yx8EykPVgs — Aaron Mesh (@AaronMesh) May 29, 2014
Pacific University's Rev. Chuck Currie talks about emotional experience of performing same-sex wedding ceremonies. http://t.co/J4uaH1IFuY — The Oregonian (@Oregonian) May 21, 2014
My latest: Marriage Equality Comes To Oregon; Be Joyful via @HuffPostRelig #GayMarriageOR #marriageequality #orpol http://t.co/dIHSWXrgec — Rev. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) May 19, 2014
Love your community but always respectfully challenge it – and yourself – to better serve the common good. Do so with a spirit of reconciliation and compassion. Be bold, not timid, as you seek justice, love kindness and yet still walk humbly with the Spirit of all (Micah 6:8) through your life.
My latest oped in The Forest Grove Leader, a publication of The Oregonian: People of faith back comprehensive immigration reform
The biggest obstacles to peace in our time include not just power hungry leaders intent on conquest but world citizens paralyzed into inaction when faced with the magnitude that is climate change and a sizeable part of the population that has abandoned reason and logic for absolutes that end dialogue and crumble the common
Just met @HillaryClinton. Very honored. Thank you @BStrider! She kindly provided this for our daughters... pic.twitter.com/nLOtuFTtUJ — Rev. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) April 9, 2014 The Hillary Clinton speech last night was a home run. Meeting her and getting an autographed...
Each Easter we are given the opportunity to decide whether or not we will walk in a world of darkness or embrace the light of God which offers a path toward salvation for all people, regardless of faith tradition. We must embrace our calling as people of faith with the same fierce sense of urgency (a phrase often used by Ma