“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


Tuesday, June 5, 2007

No Response? C'mon... You're kidding right?

It should come as no surprise that Mr. Armaou's letter has fallen on deaf ears. Anyone expecting the courtesy of a response to any request is only setting themselves up for disappointment. The current regime has no intention of responding to requests from members of the community.

To be fair, the regime did respond to some members of our community by listening to their concerns at the last parish council meeting. True to the words of the president of our community spoken at the last general assembly, representatives of a group wishing to see Prophet Elias function as an independent parish were present at the June 4 meeting. To say then that all requests go unheard is unfair.

The more accurate statement would be that requests that don't fit the agenda of the regime, and especially the agenda of this Proistameno, go unheard. The division of this community fits right in with the agenda of this Proistameno. Subsequently, two spokesmen from the apparent masses (about 80 people attended their three meetings) in favor of the division were invited to attend the last parish council meeting.

As an aside, at the general assembly when specifically asked who was behind this proposed division, no one seemed to know. Fast forward two weeks and magically we now know at least two who are spearheading this massive (again, about 80 people) movement. No doubt, after the general assembly private investigators were retained to work around the clock and ultimately find the two spokesmen. Ironically, these two spokesmen were in attendance at the general assembly and remained silent during the discussion. Had they only had the courage of their convictions much investigation time could have been saved.

Having digressed, back to the topic at hand. You can only expect responses to requests if this Proistameno deems your request valid. Apparently Mr. Armaou's requests don't further the regime's agenda so, in the immortal words of Seinfeld's soup Nazi, NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!

When are we going to wake up and take back our community? The injustices perpetrated on our community and its members have been tolerated enough. The time has come to stand up and not allow this regime to ignore what we have asked them to do. Ask the regime how many of the directives mandated at the last general assembly have been completed. If you dare ask, you will find that only those things forwarding the agenda of the regime and especially this Proistameno have been done. If we continue to remain silent we deserve what we get.

1 comment:

njcolessides@msn.com said...

Wise words to be listened to.

Fully support the statements made.

Let's sto tolerating injustice, and byzantine machinations promoted by the Proistameno.

I have said it before. Maybe there is another parish that can use his talents.

There is no need for secrecy.

Nick J. Colessides