“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


Saturday, January 5, 2008

Ratification Letter Posted!

Moderator's Note: the following letter was found on the Metropolis' Web site ratifying the recent Parish Council elections. As always, we've kept the exact wording (including the obvious typo for the letter's date) when formatting to html.

Greek Orthodox Metropolis - Denver

February 4, 2008

Reverend Michael Kouremetis, Proistamenos
Reverend Matthew Gilbert, Proistamenos
and the Esteemed Parish Council Members
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church

5335 Highland Drive
Holladay, UT 84117

Beloved in the Lord,

Having received the official report of the Parish Council election held on December 2, 2007, and finding the protest received to be without merit, we hereby ratify the results of the elections in accordance with the Special Regulations and the Uniform Parish Regulations of our Holy Archdiocese.

The following newly-elected members:

Phillip Floor whitChris Mantas whiJim Mylonakis
Steve Oneida whitJoe Sasich white Ron Steele

together with the remaining Council Members, are hereby approved as members of the Parish Council for2008. You may administer the Affirmation of Office to them, and to the continuing members, following the Divine Liturgy on the first Sunday after receiving this ratification.

The new Parish Council will keep the Book of Minutes, the treasury, and all real and personal property of the Parish, which shall be transmitted to it with a letter of transmittal, signed by both the retiring and the newly-elected officers of the Parish Council.

Prior to this act, the new Council – including those newly elected as well as the continuing members– must receive the Affirmation of Office from the Parish Priest at the end of the Divine Liturgy on the first Sunday after receiving this confirmation. Following the Divine Liturgy, the Parish Priest will conduct the first meeting of the new Parish Council, at which the new officers will be elected for the year 2008.

The Holy Apostles asked the first Christian community in Jerusalem to choose individuals of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom the Apostles could appoint to administer the extended ministry of that community (cf. Acts 6:3). In like manner, the Parish Council members are coworkers with the Priest, who is the head of the parish, in the sacred task of administering the temporal affairs of Christ's Holy Church at your parish in Salt Lake City and Holladay.

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.

With Paternal Blessings,

Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
4550 East Alameda Avenue, Denver, CO 80246-1208 • Telephone (303) 333-7794 •
FAX (303) 333-7796
web: www.denver.goarch.org • e-mail: metropolis@denver.goarch.org

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