“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

"Split Committee" Meets Again?

On Tuesday evening, July 31 our "split committee" met at Prophet Elias at the request of our parish council president. We find the meeting odd as at the last parish council meeting held on July 25, it was decided that this committee would be dissolved and the parish council would assume its duties. The question to be asked at this point is, was the calling of this meeting discussed with the members of the parish council or was this another unilateral decision made by our Proistameno and parish council president? From the information we have gathered, the latter is accurate.
If our parish council makes a decision like they did regarding this committee at their last meeting how is it their decision is overridden? As far as the members of the parish council are concerned, what is the status and function of this committee? Be that as it may, this committee did meet.
Yet to be received is a letter from the metropolitan stating he would agree to the decision of the community. A letter that should it be sent, in all probability none of us will ever see. Gone and forgotten in all this discussion is the edict from the general assembly in April 1968 outlining the procedure in discussing the splitting of the community. Not to be ignored is the total disgust of two members of this committee, regular attendees of Holy Trinity, who resigned.
It is clear that our Proistameno is driving this bus and our parish council president is riding shotgun. This bus is long gone and in spite of their demand for a seat on it, our parish council has been left behind standing in the rain. The behavior of our Proistameno and parish council president has far surpassed the absurd and borders total disdain for the members of the parish council and the people they are supposed to serve.
Is it too much to ask for clarification. How was this committee reconvened? What is its long term function? When the parish council makes a decision why do two people feel they can act independent of that decision? Since the position of the members of the parish council is unknown in this matter, isn't it about time you let the members of the community know where you stand? YOU ARE EITHER IN FAVOR OF OR AGAINST A SPLIT!! In light of how things have transpired with this Proistameno apparently it is too much to ask for clarification. Truly sad.

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