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Letters to the Editor for Jan. 10

Change column name to be more inclusive

In his recent Church Chat column, Lutheran pastor Jeff Kallevig says we can disagree but should do so with respect and not anger ('Don't get angry over little disagreements,' The Times, Dec. 27).

Several weeks ago Tigard High School senior Ty Magnum wrote a Soapbox in which he criticized the idea of having this Church Chat column in a community newspaper.

I am an active and involved church member, but I admired Magnum's opinion piece and tend to agree with him on several points.

I was disappointed to see the lack of charity in some who responded to his Soapbox. They called him intolerant and poorly educated and didn't seem to model pastor Kallevig's admonition to disagree with respect.

Anyway, let me offer a suggestion that may address this issue in the spirit that pastor Kallevig recommends and also in a way that at least partly satisfies Ty Magnum's criticism: Re-name the Church Chat column to make it more inclusive. As it stands, the name 'Church Chat' doesn't encompass faith communities that may not use the word 'church' in their religion ('church' is usually defined as a place for Christian worship).

We have in our neighborhoods Jewish synagogues, Baha'i fellowship halls, Muslim mosques and a Hindu temple. Let's invite their participation (personally, I'd vote for renaming it the 'Faith Forum' column).

WARREN W. ANEY

Tigard

(Editor's note: We welcome Mr. Aney's suggestion and have decided to re-name the Church Chat column 'Faith Forum.' Elena Boryczka, the person who oversees our Living Here section, has in the past contacted a number of community religious leaders from persuasions other than Christian about contributing to the Church Chat column. None of those she has contacted has shown an interest. Perhaps the name change will open the door for others to contribute. Any religious leader wishing to contribute to the Faith Forum column is encouraged to call Elena at 503-546-0740, or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)