“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


Monday, September 10, 2007

Most Successful Festival Ever - Record Breaking Year

Over the next several weeks we will hear these words many times. The chairpersons will be patting each other on the back for a job well done. In all fairness, many many people worked extremely hard to make this event a success. Ultimately though, success is not measured only by gross income.

Before we all get excited and are convinced we need to drink the kool aid, let's sit back and wait for the expenses to roll in. Let's see if making exclusive agreements for our products was in the best interest of the community. Let's also wait and see if the problems that arose over the weekend are addressed in an open manner or if we are again left in the dark. Time will tell. In the meantime, we would be best served to wait and see what unfolds.

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