"Meanwhile, Love the Sojourner" [September] did a superb job of highlighting the personal challenges faced by immigrants in Phoenix, the ministry dilemma posed by immigrants present unlawfully, the unique burden that Hispanic churches bear, and the courage of many evangelical leaders—both Latino and Caucasian—in standing with immigrants in ways consistent with biblical values of compassion and hospitality, despite pushback.
Given that you're likely getting some pushback of your own for running the article, I wanted to express how much I appreciated it. In working with evangelical churches on immigration issues—and based on discussions with legislators—I know that those most opposed to immigration are far more likely to complain than the majority of both white evangelicals and the American population as a whole who agree with a more balanced approach to immigration policy.
In regards to "Orthodox Moves" [September], Metropolitan Jonah was not the head of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA) long enough to have much of an impact. He was elected as the best candidate available at the time. But Met. Jonah had never been a hierarch and his actions in a unilateral mode with his own agenda did not work.
He was a former Episcopalian who had been well indoctrinated in Russian Orthodox practice while in Russia. As the head of a very small monastery, he matured in understanding an Orthodox monastic life, but as the head of a major Orthodox Church, he just wasn't ready. This action only proves that the OCA works in the manner in which all Orthodox churches should operate. That is, the Orthodox Church is conciliar. A head of an Orthodox church cannot act unilaterally imposing their authority ...1
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