“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


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spring General Assembly

It appears that the people of our Community have voiced their opinion last night at the Spring General Assembly as to the unaffordable deficit we ended up having for 2007 and the much disturbing deficit amount for the first quarter of this year. The ridiculous excuses and suppositions presented by our treasurer did not stand before the attending crowd and were immediately denounced.

The reasons for the apathy and lack of interest to pay one's stewardship were exploited to the point that all fingers were pointing to one direction. To get rid of the PROBLEM. Yes, we can get rid of the problem, yes, WE CAN. However if this is the case, why does the President and/or his Board refuse to take the proper action in order that our Community return back to normalcy?

When Odesseus was returning home from the war in Troy he and his brave sailors had to pass the Symbligathes Petres, a mass of crushing stones. The horror and fear were great and the sailors let their oars go and started praying to Athena to save them. When Odesseus saw what was happening and realized their impeding catastrophe, he turned to them and said the famous: "syn Athena kai xeira kinei" which means: "together with praying to Athena move also your hands" so we won't be crushed. This story applies to us here in our Community. The elected Board members of our United Community ought to act in a timely fashion before we all feel guilty about our anticipated destructive consequences.

Sakis Sakellariou

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