“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


Sunday, October 28, 2007

To Survey or Not to Survey ... and to What End?

The long-promised survey has been mailed. We all have until November 12 to return our survey for it to be "counted" - counted toward what end? Under normal circumstances, TOCB would undertake an analysis of the positions in favor of and opposed to the "split". Alas, the circumstances surrounding this issue are far from normal.

Rewind several months back to the "informational" meetings held in the board room of Prophet Elias "unbeknownst" to the now-proistameno only of Prophet Elias. Consider also the formation of a hand-picked "split committee" that requested a letter from the Metropolitan stating he would abide by the decision of the community before embarking on this "information gathering" mission. Looking back further into history we witnessed the formation of the Prophet Elias Philoptochos. Fast forward to today, we now have two proistamenoi, one at each church. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to discern the next "logical" step.

Our parish council president reported at the last meeting that the letter from the Metropolitan stating he would abide by the decision of the community has not come. Apparently this president and the parish council suffer from a deplorable lack of curiosity. Or, is it possible they know that it will not come, but they will go through with the mechanics just to save some face? Isn't it painfully obvious, even to the most benighted parish council member that there is now no need for such a letter when the decision to split has already been made? Will this "information gathering" exercise in which we have been asked to participate in the end mean nothing?

TOCB is NOT advocating non-participation in this exercise in futility. Quite the contrary, we encourage everyone to please return their survey before the deadline. We believe the numbers will overwhelmingly show support for the wisdom of our forefathers to remain united.

Please express your preference and return your ballot.

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