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Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

http://chuckcurrie.blogs.com/

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Views from a United Church of Christ Minister

Our religious bodies must do more to promote love over conflict, and faith communities and civil bodies must join forces to dramatically reduce gun violence. We must mourn our dead while working for a more peaceful America.

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Leading religious leaders from across the nation have sent a letter to President Obama welcoming the decision by the Obama Administration to expand Title IX discrimination protections to support transgender students. Hundreds of people of faith have joined in support.

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Getting lots of anonymous tweets today from ‪Donald Trump‬ supporters, like the one pictured here, rejecting ‪pluralism‬ and embracing ‪Islamaphobia‬. So many of them have white supremacist sayings and photos in their profiles. It should be frightening that people like...

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The temptation in campaigns is to vilify those we do not support and I fall victim to that myself sometimes too. Primary elections often times become difficult and acrimonious even when the candidates involved share many of the same principles...

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Was it worth a 36-hour round trip from Portland to DC and back again to attend the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast. Absolutely. Here's why. First, it provided the opportunity to thank President Obama personally for the kindness he and...

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Loyd Hubbard – Southern-turned Oregonian, former chief of staff to the Oregon Senate, confidant of legendary Oregon Governor Tom McCall, manager / owner of The Empire Apartments, and advocate for ending homelessness at Baloney Joe’s – died today. He was 82.

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My oped at @HuffingtonPost: Looking For #Peace In Israel/Palestine https://t.co/iukML7gjlK #CTSStudyTour #Israel #Palestine — Rev.Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) January 25, 2016

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This could be good news: If even Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the most right-wing member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, has reached the conclusion that the siege on the Gaza Strip should be lifted, we can only wonder: What...

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For those I'm not connected with on Facebook, here is the collection of most of the photos I took in Israel - Palestine. The captions are not quite as detailed as what was posted on Facebook but I hope you...

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Today found us in Tel Aviv where we visited The Yitzhak Rabin Center, a museum that commemorates the life of the assassinated prime minister of Israel. Rabin was killed by an ultra-Orthodox Jew upset over Rabin's efforts to forge a peace with the Palestinians.

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Dr. Ken Stone, CTS's academic dean, noted the passage "Blessed are the meek" and suggested that part of what we should take away from this trip is a sense of humility. The situation in Israel - Palestine does not lend itself to easy answers.

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There are no easy answers to how to solve the Israeli - Palestinian question but there is no question these camps violate basic human rights.

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I'm not able to post about all our different activities and visits with different people / groups but if you want more visit my Twitter account. You'll find links to some of the organizations we've heard from that I might...

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J Street - the pro-Jewish, pro-peace organization, is asking President Obama to examine what executive actions he might be able to take to promote peace in this action alert...I signed the letter and invite you to do the same.

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Tonight we heard from former Israeli Ambassador Ilan Baruch on the BDS Movement. Baruch resigned his position with the Foreign Ministry over currently policy toward the Palestinians. For context, here is his bio: Ambassador (ret.) Ilan Baruch is currently the...

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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....

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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.

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"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..."

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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...

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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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