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The Rev. Chuck Currie

http://chuckcurrie.blogs.com/

Located in Portland

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Views from a United Church of Christ Minister

We'd like to invite the cast of Duck Dynasty to Christmas Eve In Portland 2013. Dress however you like. Sunnyside Church and University Park Church welcome all, in the tradition of Jesus. Christmas is the perfect time for us all to reflect on our prejudices and fears and walk in the light of God.

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This Christmas Eve in Portland join the people of Sunnyside Church and University Park Church for a special joint 7 pm candlelight service in Sunnyside Church’s historic Southeast Portland sanctuary located at 3520 SE Yamhill Street. The public is welcome...

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I wish you all a wondeful Thanksgiving. This is a good nation with a rich history. We have overcome much not just to keep our democracy alive but to improve it. That spirit is needed now as much as ever as the United States and the entire globe face great challenges that demand the best of the human spirit.

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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.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber held a summit meeting today to discuss poverty with special guest Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK. The fact that Kitzhaber was discussing poverty at all half-way into a third term is noteworthy. This is...

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Dear Friends, We've all watched the horror unfold in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Yesterday I made a donation to Church World Service - a coalition of faith groups working with communities where the need is greatest. You can trust your money will be well spent. Please give as you are able. - Rev. Chuck Currie

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The Rev. Chuck Currie will join Pacific University in Fall 2014 as director of the Center for Peace & Spirituality and university chaplain. Full story. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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My latest today on The Huffington Post: "Most Christians once opposed the fight for equality for gays and lesbians. Today many Christians and other people of faith are at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against the gay...

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The people of Sunnyside Church and University Park Church invite you to a special reception and exhibit viewing on Monday, October 14th at 7pm at Sunnyside Church (3520 SE Yamhill) in support of marriage equality. View this event on Facebook...

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I've joined colleagues Sr. Simone Campbell, Jim Wallis and 60 other faith leaders from across the nation in telling Congress: "There is nothing 'pro-life' or Christian about taking food away from pregnant women and babies. It is hypocritical and shameful...

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As the Obama Administration considers how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, religious leaders are weighing in. Normally Dr. Susan Thistlewaite and I draw similar conclusions in policy debates but these two op-eds show a difference...

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My latest on The Huffington Post: The Personalize Your Care Act is legislation the faith community should strongly support. As a minister, I've been in too many ICUs where family members are unclear how their loved one would want to...

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This morning during my homily on Luke 11:1-13 we discussed the power and use-fullness of prayer - and specifically about the Lord's Prayer. As part of that discussion, I shared this version from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer...

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Which is the worse sin: the politician who engages in an affair with another consenting adult or the politician who votes to cut food assistance to children or prenatal care for pregnant women (or the public that re-elects that politician)?

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Statement on Homeless Campers at Portland City Hall by Rev. Chuck Currie July 22, 2013 The homeless campers around Portland City Hall are a minor symptom of a larger problem: our inability to address the crisis of affordable housing plus...

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My latest in The Huffington Post: "As a minister, I want both reconciliation and justice. If you think there is no racism in this nation, you are willfully blind. If you believe there has been no progress towards racial justice,...

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Frances and Katherine turn 9 today! Look back on all their birthday photos: http://chuckcurrie.blogs.com/chuck_currie/the_twins/

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We need a plan to reduce poverty, not just slow the growth, and that is why the National Council of Churches and other people of faith, are supporting the Half in Ten Campaign. Now is your turn. Your member of Congress needs to hear that you want them to co-sponsor the Half in Ten Act of 2013.

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It is important for clergy to speak out on moral issues. Otherwise, we leave a void filled by the religious right. The Portland Tribune’s own coverage of the reaction to the SCOTUS decision on DOMA quotes no religious leaders supporting the decision. Instead, they quoted the Oregon Family Council. CNN used Tony Perkins.

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As a minister ordained to preach and teach the Gospel, I support the Supreme Court ruling today invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act. Homosexuality is not a sin. It is a sin to discriminate -- against gays, people of color, women, children, immigrants... It is a sin to exclude whereas Jesus welcomed.

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It has been nearly a year since my appointment to serve Sunnyside Church and University Park Church was made. This week I updated the congregations on our progress. You can support the work of progressive Christianity in Portland with a gift to support our ministries.

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There’s no question about it: I love Portland. It’s been true since moving here as a boy. Portland’s rejection this week of fluoridation is far from cause for divorce but it does feed into the lover’s quarrel that is part of my relationship with this special place.

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My latest in The Huffington Post: "Star Trek Into Darkness" does what Star Trek has always done best: holds up a mirror to the United States and asks, "Are we the moral people we want to be?" Star Trek Demands...

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Portland has rarely witnessed a campaign as needlessly divisive as the fight over Measure 26-151, the effort to fluoridate the city’s water supply for the common good. I strongly support this effort and as ballots are out, and as many...

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My latest on The Huffington Post: "Judy Bright -- a certified nurse midwife, advanced nurse practitioner, public health administrator and my mother -- died before she could take advantage of Obamacare, but as an advocate for public health and someone...

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News that the IRS targeted conservative organizations for special review as part of the non-profit certification process is deeply concerning. It reminds me of the Bush-era IRS investigation of the United Church of Christ. The Obama Administration needs to quickly fix the problem but much of this is the messy result of th

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Portland faith leaders are standing up for 26-151 and Healthy Kids Healthy Portlandbecause "one of our core principles is that the blessings of our community should be felt by all, not just a few." Fluoridation of our water will help our kids and entire city.

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I am terribly shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of The Rev. Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause and former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. Bob was a personal friend of many years. In...

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Psalm 23: Fear Not In The Valley | Reflecting On Our Week from The Rev. Chuck Currie on Vimeo. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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There is still much that we do not know: including the motive of the terrorists. FOX News regular guest Erik Rush tweeted earlier this week concerning Muslims: "Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all." All people of good faith - Christians, Jews and Muslims - must use this moment to support our nation and bring reconciliat

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