“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, February 18, 2008

New Rules

You are not good enough to run for the Parish Council
because of "un-Christian" behavior!
But, ... we like your "un-Christian" money.

Gus Colessides was denied his right to run for the Parish Council. The 2 Proistamenoi in their infinite wisdom declared him ineligible; Gus and his family exhibited un-Christian behavior. The Denver Metropolitan fulfilling his ministry to the Church agreed.

Gus is ineligible to offer his talents in order to contribute to the betterment of the Parish. The Clergy clothed in their imperial robes decided that he should not.

The Parish Council wants his money. A parish council member asked Gus to pay the balance of his 2007 stewardship commitment.

Moral of the story: We do NOT want your talents. We only want your money. You are NOT good enough to help. We only need your money. What a shame!!

Very sad indeed.

Best regards,

Nick J. Colessides

P.S. I urge all parishioners to follow Jim Kastanis’ advice. We should ONLY pay a very minimum stewardship. It is time for the silent majority to be heard.

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