“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


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

St. Sophia's Bright Stars Shine at District Science Fair

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox School was honored to send three fifth-graders and three sixth graders to the Granite School District Science Fair finals yesterday. There were close to 70 schools participating. The judging categories were "good", "excellent" and "superior".

Six St. Sophia students were honored as follows:

For our 5th graders, Joseph Oliveira received an "excellent" rating; Anthony Kartsonis received a "superior" rating, as did Artemis Sefandonakis. Artemis will go on to represent St. Sophia at a regional competition at the University of Utah.

In the 6th grade competition Zoe Tsoutsounis, Steven Pappas and Macoy Gehrke all received "superior" ratings; both Steven and Macoy were also chosen to attend the Jane Goodall "Roots and Shoots" Environmental Fair at Westminster College. Only 12 participants were chosen!

Congratulations to the children and parents of all who participated in St. Sophia's Science Fair, and all who went on to the district fair.

- Vickie Folias, member
Board of Directors of St. Sophia School

1 comment:

Barbara Colessides said...

Additional CONGRATULATIONS to the teachers and directors of St. Sophia's! As a first-time judge at the event I was deeply impressed!

- Barbara Colessides