“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, January 6, 2008

"Individuals of Good Reputation..."

"The Holy Apostles asked the first Christian community to choose individuals of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom,..." (emphasis added)

This line comes directly from the Metropolitan's latest letter, posted on his Web site, regarding the ratification of Parish Council elections held on December 2, 2000in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Metropolitan mentions in that same letter that protests received regarding those elections were found "to be without merit".

Fascinating! The Metropolitan receives a protest, actually more than one, and deems these to be without merit without EVER initiating ANY inquiry into the matter? He does not bother to contact those who filed the protest to examine or analyze what the issues might be? He asked no questions of any of the principals involved?

The three gentlemen, Mr. Colessides, Mr. Sifantonakis and Mr. Kastanis, who were not allowed to run, have over a century of service to the church between them. It is odd that all these years they have been considered by their peers and previous clergy "individuals of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom." Yet they are now not eligible. They are wrongfully denied a simple, honest and open inquiry by our Metropolitan or by his proistamenoi. It should be remembered, that these "men of God" are here to serve, not to be served.

It should also be noted that in the true spirit of "pay, pray and obey" the Metropolitan closes his curious ratification letter with the following: "I thank you for being current in your financial commitment to the national ministries of our Church in America which includes your Metropolis and for fulfilling your 2007 Total Commitment assessment." In the final analysis, it always boils down to the money, or so it would seem.

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