“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 11, 2007

Yet Again: A Reminder to Those Who Would Divide Us

Moderators' Note: On the eve of the survey deadline, and in anticipation of next week's General Assembly, we would like to remind our readers of the proper and ONLY acceptable method for dividing our community.

This comes from a General Assembly motion passed in 1968, an image of which we posted in May of this year (view here). As always we've kept the exact text, including typos and line breaks, and tried to stay as true to original formatting as html allows.

We would also remind our readers that both Mr. Vidalakis and Mr. Skedros are, thankfully, still with us, and can verify the thoughts and wishes for this community's unity that were expressed unanimously by our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. We would all do well to consider their efforts and their sacrifices when we attend next Sunday.

General Assembly action on April 28, 1968.

The General Assembly unanimously voted the following motion made by Nick Vidalakis.

“That any attempt or motion in a Special
General Assembly to separate or divided (sic)
the Greater Salt Lake Greek Orthodox Community
would require the following:

(A). Minimum of six months written notice
with full and detailed particulars
as to the proposed division or
(B). General Assembly discussion.
(C). A minimum vote of 300 or 75% of
the total elgible (sic) membership of the Parish
(not the number which may be at any
given General Assembly) which ever
number is greater.
(Con Skedros asked Nick Vidalakis to amend
the 2/3 to 75% in his original motion.
Motion carried unanimously.

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