“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 12, 2007

Split Our Community? Who Are You?

As I received and read this letter I can't help but notice its introduction. "Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ". What does this mean? This is the way a spiritual leader should address his people with sincerity and respect and also consider himself one of them. I have a hard time swallowing this because our Proistamenos' letter is portrayed to us like some kind of memo at aa Monday morning meeting at work. There is to be no discussion. This is how it will be, now go to work. When I receive a letter from the Proistamenos addressing me as "Brother in Christ", Iexpect he will treat me with the respect of a brother. Who among us would be deceitful to their brother. By keeping the said "unchristian" letter a secret from the community demonstrates our leaders lack of courage. The lack of courage beacause he knows what is happening is wrong and perhaps dosn't know how to handle the situation. But he is part of the situation, he has helped it grow.

The Proistamenos should be there for us through any situation which may arise in our christian or personal life when there is a need. How then can we put our faith in the Proistamenos when he is not being honest with us? We are kept in the dark with the exception of chandelier lights reflecting off the Sunday offering tray. We have people voting unanimously for on our behalf. Surely someone in this community is aware of the subject up for vote concerning the well being of our community. Here is an idea-allow us to vote. After all this is our community.

As I find myself looking through the book which was made for the consecration of Prophet Elias I cant help but notice the great presence Archbishop Iakovos. Giving his blessing again, as He had before for Prophet Elias Church. I see many people in feast, dance and prayer. these people are the community, these people are still here. Proistamenos, you were not there which makes you a visitor and we will continue to be here after your visit is finished.

Should Metropolitan Isaiah question the authority of an Archbishop. Furthermore, should a Proistamenos challenge an Archbishop. I do expect that our Proistamenos should challenge our Metropolitan in splitting our church, since his letter reads as if the Metropolitan is making him do this.

I have tried to turn my head and ignore rumors I have heard in the past refusing to accept that this is real. But now I have decided that the people whom I have entrusted, to make decisions for the people of this community, have failed me. It is time to be a church again and we can't allow ouselves to be run like a franchise with our corporate headquarters in Denver. Our Proistamenos is failing us. Our Metropolitan is failing us. Our Parish Council is failing us. We are in trouble.

We have been insulted by our Proistamenos, Metropolitan, and Parish Council.

What a shame!

Demetri G Politis

Moderator's Note: Due to the length of Mr. Politis' comment to the preceding blog, we determined it best to post the piece as a separate blog.

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