“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A Brief History for Those Who Would Split Our Community...

It was made known to TOCB recently that certain parishioners are actively exploring the possibility of breaking up the Greek Orthodox community in Salt Lake City by attempting to make Prophet Elias its own entity under its own board. To these folks we would like to provide a couple of documents that clearly explain the unquestionable and UNANIMOUS intent of our parents and grandparents when they built Prophet Elias. For those of us who have the names of our parents and grandparents on the windows and cornerstones of the church, this is not negotiable. In the unforgetable words of the Greeks in World War II - OXI!

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