“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


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Congratulations to the Parish Council

The Parish Council took a step forward in the right direction.

It passed unanimously the recommendation by Nick Sefakis, a past president of our community. It accepted the 1969 General Assembly Resolution and shall conduct a poll, in writing, of our Parishioners, to decide the "splitting" issue.

Bravo and Congratulations. It is the right step toward having our community decide. It is the right step toward Taking Our Church Back!

Best wishes for a bright tomorrow,

Nick J. Colessides

PS - And to the Proistameno who thinks that the final decision is with the Archdiocese or the Metropolitan notice is hereby given that someone better read the Canons and tell us which one applies.

Author's Note: as reported by a parishioner present
at the July 25, 2007 Parish Council meeting.

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