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