“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


Friday, July 13, 2007

End this Mess NOW!

End this mess NOW and leave our parish as it is—spiritual polygamists that we are or not (and btw, I'm descended from the local ones, too). Who finally noticed that after all these years and why is it more important now that when PE was consecrated and during the ensuing years since? My Mormon side senses that this is merely an expedient revelation because other tactics haven’t worked.
Split the churches ASAP to end this draining community drama--at which point my family (and anyone else I can drag) is off to Holy Trinity where we look forward to being greeted as welcome members. We'll hopefully be able to worship in an atmosphere free of the selfishly trite sentiments often heard around Prophet Elias. I know, as does most everyone else, that while this issue can be played as a spiritual and administrative one, in most minds it has never been about anything other than who controls the money and who calls the shots--in English only, of course--at PE.

And I can’t help but ask—Is it any wonder at all why our parish has trouble attracting and sustaining members? I assure you that if I were not born into this parish, not married in this parish, not having my children baptized in this parish, and otherwise heavily invested emotionally in this parish, I would find someplace else to spend my time on Sundays ... These events do not make a great recruiting poster, either!
Thank you for your time.

John Saltas

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