“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


Monday, January 7, 2008

More Prevarications, More Banana Republic Governance

On Friday, January 4th, one of our moderators called the Denver Metropolis to inquire why the newly elected parish council members were going to be sworn in on January 6th. This was to occur without first having Metropolitan Isaiah's inquiry concerning protests regarding the parish council elections held on December 2, 2007.

To our surprise we were told that the Metropolis received the results and a signed copy of the protest on Friday, January 4th, via FedEx.

(In fact the protest was also sent SEPARATELY by Mr. Colessides within 72 hours of the election. This was sent (via overnight mail, with a receipt signature required) in the timeframe stipulated by the Uniform Parish Rules. A copy was also sent to Bishop Savas of Troas at the Archdiocese.)

Our moderator pointed out to the Metropolis' representative that on the 20th of December the two proistamenoi and the parish council president said that the parish council election results, along with the protest, had been sent to the Metropolitan on the 7th of December!

Once again the ongoing dissembling - in FLAGRANT disregard of the UPRs - has come to light.

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