An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
I am overjoyed with the choice of Bishop Jonah as Metropolitan. I cannot say anything about the others (e.g. Bishop JOB) who may have been elected, but I (and many I know) have been blessed to know Metropolitan JONAH personally. I first met then Abbot Jonah before I was even Orthodox at a retreat where he spoke about prayer, fasting, and monasticism, and I can still remember the effect his talks had on my wife and I - indeed he greatly furthered our desire to enter into the Church. Since that time, Abbot Jonah would be a regular "feature" in the Pacific Northwest, giving talks and at one point looking for land to relocate his monastery - which alas never panned out.
I've been fortunate to have numerous occasions of informal conversation with Abbot Jonah and in decidedly informal surroundings...including Outback Steakhouse once. An odd place to "hang" with an Abbot, but I enjoyed such times and I truly believe this is a humble, loving, spiritually perceptive, pious and yet down-to-earth (accessible) follower of Christ. And now a Metropolitan of Christ's Church! Glory to God!
Truly: AXIOS! AXIOS! AXIOS!
...offered by Dn. James Ferrenberg, a sinner at 11:55 AM [+] +++