“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

What a Travesty!!!!

Somebody is playing with a marked deck.

On January 4, 2008, Yanni Armaou asked the secretary working for the Denver Metropolis “why they [the newly elected parish council] were being sworn without a response about the “protest.”

The response was that the Denver Metropolitan “just received the results today” [January 4, 2008].

Another great example of leadership from our assigned clergy and the president.

Callous disregard for the UPRs; they provide that “not earlier than 5 and not later than 8 days after the election is held, the Priest shall forward the results to the respective Hierarch.”

The obvious question: Why did both proistamenoi fail to timely “forward the election results” to Denver.

Whose ulterior motives?

Why the failure to follow the rules?

Was it willful?

To what end?

Who gains from not following the rules?

Good faith demands transparency and accountability.

What a great example of leadership at the local level!

Maybe we ought to be thankful that our assigned clergy prays for us! Apparently you can disregard the rules if you pray.

Or, maybe this is another example of following the leader. Some more “bull dung” for the parish’s consumption?

Happy New Year.

Nick J. Colessides

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