“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, July 20, 2008

Rumor Has It ... or Done Deal?

Let's consider for a moment the events of the past few days:

TOCB provides evidence that the Metropolitan, despite prior promises and present assurances, sent contrary resolutions to the Clergy-Laity Congress which were clearly on the agenda.

In yet another protocol imaged here (with emphasis added), the Metropolitan refers to our two delegates to the Clergy-Laity Congress as representing the "parish" of "Prophet Elias, Holladay".

On the heels of these not-so-subtle communications, we're provided the following verbatim language in our Sunday Bulletin:

Despite our treasurer's assertion of rumor-mongering, the actions and the language we are being presented with bespeak of τετελεσμενο γεγονος - a "done deal".

(Perhaps we should ask for the intercession of Prophet Elias for relief from the hernias we are sure to acquire from strained credulity.)

There is no such entity as a Prophet Elias PARISH in Holladay, nor a Holy Trinity PARISH in downtown SLC. Our parish council members represent this valley's ONE and ONLY parish, the Greater Greek Orthodox Community of Salt Lake City.

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