“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


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Stall and Stall Some More

After almost four months, this proistameno finally fulfilled the mandate of the spring General Assembly by sending the letter to Denver requesting the assignment of a third priest to our community. If we remember the General Assembly meeting, this proistameno quickly jumped to volunteer to "personally" write the letter. As the months have passed it is no wonder he was so quick to volunteer.

By volunteering to "personally" write the letter, this proistameno portrays himself as the champion of all good causes while behind the scenes he manipulates the situation for his benefit. His constant statement of the need for finance committee approval is a red herring. His use of the classic manipulative technique of stalling is masterful. He can work his back room politics hoping the people he is responsible to forget the issue at hand.

In 1999 when the community was in need of an assistant priest, finances were an issue. Several letters were exchanged between then president Nick Bapis and our Metropolitan regarding the community's inability to afford an "experienced" assistant priest. Our Metropolitan ultimately responded by writing, "the assignment of an assistant priest to a parish is not based on the financial condition of the parish but on the needs of the parish." Therefore, this proistameno's mention that "the current financial position of our Parish is tight" is irrelevant based on past directives and remains nothing more than a stall tactic. Lest we forget the exhaustive almost four month finance committee review of which no mention is made.

We continue to be duped by this proistameno and his inner circle regime. The needs and best interest of this community must be placed before the manipulative actions of this proistameno. One can only imagine what kind of deal this proistameno and the Metropolitan have brokered. Maybe another vacation is in the offing for this proistameno which would give us all some relief from his manipulation.

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