“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 6, 2007

Some Questions!

Well, all you Brothers and Sisters of the Salt Lake City area whose higher level of priority is the "almighty dollar" , have you been dictated to enough to take over control of your community?

There are some major questions that need to be addressed.

1- Why was a letter addressed to The Greek Orthodox Community from the Metropolitan and dated May, 31 2007 finally made public to the community on July 6, 2007?

2- Who represented the community at the Clergy-Laity Assembly of our holy Metropolis that was held the first part of May 2007?

3- How was this representative selected and based on a unanimous vote on a resolution effecting the Salt Lake City Community without even getting an overall opinion from the community?

4- Why after almost 40 years has separate parishes become such an issue? Is the present hierarchy of the church more informed and schooled in these matters than the hierarchy that originally granted Salt Lake City the dual church one parish scenario in the first place?

5- Why are the clergy conducting the selection of the committee to do the survey of the community?

6- Whose brain wave was it to have Holy Trinity own all the Salt Lake City property, apartments and parking lots and Prophet Elias all the Holladay property?

7- Why do we have a church board and of what value are they to the community if they don’t know what the clergy is doing and what decisions they are making?

A concerned member of the community.

Jim Kastanis

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