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A progressive Christian voice for building bridges; not walls. Faith, politics and current events.

I’m sometimes asked if I’m available to guest preach. The answer is yes (though generally not during the summer months). If you are interested in having me speak at your church or conference, here is what you need to know.

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Katherine and Frances on their 15th birthday

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Oregon Republicans employee the tactics of segregationists, using the power of the minority to block efforts to address the common good. Unable to win elections, the party will do anything to stop efforts to address climate change, no matter the cost to future generations.

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As director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and university chaplain at Pacific University, I have the privilege of offering prayers such as the invocation at Commencement. Yesterday, we held both the undergraduate and professional and graduate Commencement exercises.  Here is the prayer and meditation I shared.

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Let’s begin here: the pro-choice position is consistent with Christian ethics. As the United Church of Christ has maintained for decades, Jesus affirmed the moral agency of women. Those of us who are Christian should follow that example.

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Jesus does not want us to put trust in guns; Jesus wants us to put faith in God. The well-armed society in the United States has led to what Jesus warned about: cycles of violence that seem never-ending. We must use the tools of our democracy to push legislation that values human life.

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Today I wrote the Oregon Legislature asking that they ban assault weapons, along with the sale of large capacity magazines. Will you join me? Visit https://goo.gl/CzQBJv to find your House and Senate members.

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The NRA’s Dana Loesch is Tweeting Christian theology and history. But poorly. Perhaps, as the NRA has said, she should stay in her lane? Maybe I can help. I’m a minister and religious studies professor. I’ve studied this.

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This November, all Americans should support candidates and ideas that promote justice and the common good. If a candidate supports Donald Trump, his philosophy or politics, that ought to be disqualifying for people of faith.

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I am pro-choice not in spite of my faith, but because of it. In Christian terms, we recognize that Jesus affirmed the moral agency of women. We should all follow that example. People of faith should oppose efforts, like Oregon's Measure 106, to curtail access to reproductive healthcare.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has amassed a solid record during her tenure. We deserve a governor in Oregon with her combination of leadership and compassion. I’ll cast my vote for her with confidence in Oregon with her at the helm.   

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has amassed a solid record during her tenure. We deserve a governor in Oregon with her combination of leadership and compassion. I’ll cast my vote for her with confidence in Oregon with her at the helm.   

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Climate change now forces us to rethink our relationships with Creation as a whole. Christianity and other faith traditions teach that humans are called to be stewards of Creation; not exploiters of

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Climate change now forces us to rethink our relationships with Creation as a whole. Christianity and other faith traditions teach that humans are called to be stewards of Creation; not exploiters of

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The elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will have a deleterious effect on American democracy. His nomination has been opposed by the National Council of Churches, along with other faith bodies, and hundreds of religious leaders have urged the U.S. Senate not to confirm his appointment.

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The elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will have a deleterious effect on American democracy. His nomination has been opposed by the National Council of Churches, along with other faith bodies, and hundreds of religious leaders have urged the U.S. Senate not to confirm his appointment.

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Please consider signing the petition created by Lift Every Voice Oregon calling on our political leaders to act. No one should have to fear gun violence in worship, in a classroom, shopping at the mall, or watching a movie in a theatre.  We can do better. 

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Please consider signing the petition created by Lift Every Voice Oregon calling on our political leaders to act. No one should have to fear gun violence in worship, in a classroom, shopping at the mall, or watching a movie in a theatre.  We can do better. 

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August 27, 2018 Dear Friends and Colleagues, In keeping with the best spirit of the church universal, I will join with clergy from Oregon's interfaith community in risking arrest this Thursday (August 30th) at a protest in front of Portland's...

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August 27, 2018 Dear Friends and Colleagues, In keeping with the best spirit of the church universal, I will join with clergy from Oregon's interfaith community in risking arrest this Thursday (August 30th) at a protest in front of Portland's...

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Today I repeat that call and ask all ICE agents to prayerfully consider whether or not your work on behalf of the federal government is consistent with your own faith beliefs – along with the underlying commitment all law enforcement officers should have to the rule of law and human rights.

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Today I repeat that call and ask all ICE agents to prayerfully consider whether or not your work on behalf of the federal government is consistent with your own faith beliefs – along with the underlying commitment all law enforcement officers should have to the rule of law and human rights.

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Franklin Graham is speaking in the Portland-area on Sunday night as part of his “Decision America Tour,” and that has many interfaith leaders in Oregon concerned. Over the years, Graham has called Islam “a very wicked and evil religion,” praised the oppressive anti-LGBT policies of Vladimir Putin, and tied himself f

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Franklin Graham is speaking in the Portland-area on Sunday night as part of his “Decision America Tour,” and that has many interfaith leaders in Oregon concerned. Over the years, Graham has called Islam “a very wicked and evil religion,” praised the oppressive anti-LGBT policies of Vladimir Putin, and tied himself f

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Frances (left) and Katherine Frances and Katherine turn 14 today! You can see all their birthday photos from birth until now by clicking here.

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Hope has long been found in the American Creed: E Pluribus Unum. Right now the bedrock American principle of pluralism is under attack. Donald Trump’s white nationalist movement to make America great again stands in direct opposition to the call by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to build up the Beloved Community.

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"This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease."

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This blog, believe it or not, was started back in 2003. It was one of the first progressive Christians blogs to exist. Now, thankfully, there are many progressive Christian voices online These days I don't update the blog very often....

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