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Jimmy and Carol Owens: lyricists and composers of "Come Together: A Musical Experience in Love". I first heard it, in the Summer of 1972, as presented by the Youth Choir of First United Methodist Church, Billings, Montana at the Montana Christian Ashram, then held annually at a Methodist campground south of Big Timber. The album featured Pat Boone and members of his family, among others.

Maybe two years later, at that same Bible camp, I would meet a tall, Norwegian-Minnesotan, Fundamentalist-cum-Charismatic evangelist and Bible teacher, a former staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ, whose name is Peter Gillquist.

I remember singing in an evangelical cantata, back in the post-bicentennial seventies. It was a musical piece by Jimmy Owens that set "If My People ..." to music.

That was an interesting time, when if you were evangelical or charismatic, you were as likely to be Democrat as you were Republican. Indeed, Jimmy Carter was lionized as something of a revivalist harbinger.

My how times have changed. Corporate America and the right-wing have completely bought and paid for this same crowd that was, once upon a time, gentler and better.

Prayer. Fasting. Almsgiving.

Fasting. Almsgiving. Prayer.

Almsgiving. Prayer. Fasting.....

"If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - II chronicles 7:14

Back in the day, 35 and more years ago, one used to hear this verse quoted quite often in the circles of the "Christian Right". Not so much lately.

Thanks, AO.

And thank you, too, Father, for your kind comment. Actually, I was thinking of the influx of post-evangelical converts (like me), inspired and symbolized by Fr. Gilquist's narrative in particular. But in general, I was referring, too, to the immigration of Eastern Europeans and Mediterraneans to the States in the first half of the twentieth century.

There isn't anyone in particular to whom this article is directed. The mistakes, I would say (which is redundant because I am in fact saying it) are owned by everyone in the American Orthodox community -- especially me. I am just as prey to bourgeois commodification, to denial of theology and isolation of ethics and instrumental pragmaticism as anyone else, and just as unready for the end of Constantine's singular rapprochement of the apostolic church with the state.

Excellent and generally speaking, from my perspective, an agreeable article to my way of thinking! Just a question, to whom or what is this directed?

"in this last expansion of the American Orthodox constituency, “mistakes were made""

Whose or what expansion, forgive my ignorance...


Bravo and well said!

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