“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, November 4, 2007


Moderator's note: We received this letter from Mr. Sakellariou. In accordance with his wishes we are posting it.

It is assumed that by now the majority of our parishioners in good standing have received the ever advertised survey the Parish Council sent to our homes.

Although a lot of skepticism has entered our minds as to what value the results of this survey will have in the final outcome of the future of our community, nevertheless it is highly suggested and recommended that we all take the necessary time to complete this document and send it back in the envelope provided.

Also, it has been announced that in the Agenda of the next General Assembly to be held on Sunday, November 18, 2007, the results of said survey will be known to all of us that day.

Regardless of the outcome, certain decisions will be taken by the General Assembly as to the next step(s) we should take. A lot of good ideas will sprout during this important meeting. Let us not miss the opportunity to express ourselves. The future of our community is at stake. Please arrange your schedules by putting aside any other business you have scheduled for November the 18th and come at 3:30 P.M. to attend this very important meeting.

Sakis Sakellariou

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