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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

My latest op-ed in The Huffington Post: Brittany Maynard made a moral choice http://t.co/A9jphW3YdE — Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) November 3, 2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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.@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

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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....

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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My latest oped in The Forest Grove Leader, a publication of The Oregonian: People of faith back comprehensive immigration reform

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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

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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...

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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

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It was a wonderful honor to attend the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning. Before the breakfast I had the chance to share a brief word with President Obama in the Blue Room about the success of the Affordable Care Act.

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The people of Sunnyside Church and University Park Church invite you to “Easter In Portland” – a special joint worship service of the two congregations, which will be held in Sunnyside Church’s historic Portland sanctuary (3520 SE Yamhill Street) on...

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Holy Week Lent is a special season of reflection for people of the Christian faith. These days provide us with space to consider the teachings of Jesus in the spirit of renewal and rebirth. Please note these special services for...

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This weekend is the annual Pacific University Lu'au and then it is off to Washington, D.C. for a quick trip.

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My latest op-ed in The Forest Grove Leader, a publication of The Oregonian: A national conversation about violence against women has been jump-started by the release of Jimmy Carter's new book "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power."...

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Holy Week Lent is a special season of reflection for people of the Christian faith. These days provide us with space to consider the teachings of Jesus in the spirit of renewal and rebirth. Please note these special services for...

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It's simple: World Vision caved to Christian bigotry today. Yesterday the relief aid agency announced they would no long discriminate against gays and lesbians in employment. After a firestorm of criticism - they reversed their decision.

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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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