“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, July 31, 2007


Dear Parishioners,

Feast your eyes about our "Truth Averse" Proistameno in our community.

The language below is taken from the only document that the Archdiocese is recommending that Parish Councils may sign.

The Proistameno lied again when he said during the last Parish Council meeting that the form he recommended 3 years ago, came from and/or was mandated from the Archdiocese.

When do the lies stop???????

He should ask for re-assignment NOW !!!!!!!

I think that the Metropolitan should be made aware of the Proistameno's duplicity and lying.

This is the only recommended (not mandatory) Disclosure Statement that has been authorized and is recommended by the Archdiocese.

Best regards to everybody.

Nick J. Colessides

P.S. In a future blog I shall include the "Confidentiality Agreement" that the Proistamenos ordered everybody to sign. I shall find my copy that I refused to sign before I was removed from the Parish Council, and make it available for your review.

Disclosure Statement – Parish Council

For Members of the Parish Council of the Greek Orthodox Church of ______________________________ (“Council)

1. No member of the Council or of his/her immediate family shall derive any personal profit or gain, directly or indirectly, by reason of his/her participation with the organization.

2. Each individual shall disclose any personal interest which he or she may have in any
matter involving the Parish and shall refrain from participation in any decision on such matter.

3. Any member of the Council who is also an owner, officer, board member, committee
member, or staff member of a lender, contractor, vendor, or supplier of or to the Parish, shall identify his or her affiliation with such entity or entities.

4. Further, in connection with any Council action specifically directed to any such entity,
he/she shall not participate in the decision affecting that entity and the decision must be made and/or ratified by the Council.

5. Any member of the Council shall refrain from obtaining any list of Parishioners or
friends of the Parish for personal or private solicitation purposes at any time during the term of his/her affiliation without the prior consent of the Priest and the President of the Parish Council.

At this time, I am a director, officer, member, a committee member, consultant to, or employee of the following organizations:

Name of Entity Position/Title
______________________________ ____________________________
______________________________ ____________________________
______________________________ ____________________________
______________________________ ____________________________
If additional space needed, continue on reverse side.

This is to certify that I, except as described herein, am not now nor at any time during the past year have been:

A) A participant, directly or indirectly, in any arrangement, agreement, investment, or other activity with any lender, vendor, supplier, or other party doing business with the Parish which has resulted or could result in personal benefit to me.

B) A recipient, directly or indirectly, of any salary payments or loans or gifts of any kind or any free service or discounts or other fees from or on behalf of any person or organization engaged in any transaction with the Parish.
Any exceptions to A or B above are stated in the attachment hereto with a full description of the transactions and of the interest, whether direct or indirect, which I have (or have had during the past year) in the persons or organizations having transactions with the Parish.

Date:__________________,200__ Signature: ________________________________
Please Print Name:_____________________________

Parish Council Disclosure-Statement.8.18.05

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