“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


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Various Musings

March Messenger

"We all know people who are consumed with self-pity (sic) and constantly complain about how they where (sic) mistreated. These people dare to judge and condemn others while they do not recognize their own faults. We need to take responsibilities of our own actions and not transfer blame to others for our choices."
Taken from the proistameno of Prophet Elias' message in the March Messenger.

  • He certainly has taken responsibility for his actions and the role he played in the removal and excommunication of a member of the parish council.
  • He and the proistameno of Holy Trinity certainly have taken responsibility for their actions and the role they played in precluding three otherwise qualified candidates from having their names on the ballot of the recent parish council elections.
  • Could these be the complainers to whom he is referring in his missive?

We certainly understand our faults and stand in judgment of no one. One Only will judge. When someone is mistreated there is someone else perpetrating the mistreatment. The greater responsibility falls on the perpetrator of the mistreatment than on the one being mistreated.

"Ο νοων νοειτω" και ο "εχων ωτα ακουειν ακουετω"and in Greek, "οσα δε φτανει η αλεπου, τα κανει κρεμασταρια"

Third Priest Information

In December 2007 the metropolitan wrote he would be sending a separate letter describing the duties and salary of the new priest. Where is this letter promised by our metropolitan? Certainly, the letter has arrived as there have been four pay periods in the new year. We would ask our president and treasurer: Has this letter been distributed to the parish council? Do they know anything about it? Has it been discussed? Why hasn't it been sent to the community? What are the particulars?

We at TOCB have the salary particulars and have been waiting for the parish council, especially the treasurer, to fulfill their duty to the community and distribute the information. Two months of patience might wear thin. In our treasurer's own words "You can't believe everything that shows up on the internet. The TOCB site is a perfect example of that." When the time comes, we will see how accurate our figures are.

- Yannis Armaou

1 comment:

zeta tsagaris said...

In regard to the March Messenger's posting, I would like to ask a more general question: Has the Prophet Elias proistamenos ever taken responsibility for any of his actions in this community? I think at some point our priests should spare us the "lip service" and start listening to their own sermons and words of wisdom!