“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


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rumors? It Would Appear Not So!

Since our previous posting, numerous e-mails have been circulated regarding the "rumor" that the Denver Resolutions with regard to our community would NOT include a resolution that the Salt Lake Community MUST split. We advise those who insist such to check out the Clergy-Laity Congress' Web site - specifically the AGENDA ITEMS.

In reviewing the Denver Resolutions, we would ask that our readers kindly note that in the fifth and sixth paragraphs it quite clearly still contains the language we referred to in our previous blog article, the one presumably based upon rumor. If, in fact, the Metropolitan did not want this discussed, should he not have, by now, sent a revised version of his resolutions for consideration to the Archbishop?

In truth, if this resolution as written, despite the protestations of "rumors", passes at Clergy-Laity, what would prevent our Metropolitan from arguing that he did not "force" the split - that it was simply a decision by the deliberative body of the Greek Orthodox Church in the USA and "out of his hands"? He could, technically, lay the blame at the doorstep of the Clergy-Laity Congress, or at the feet of the Archbishop himself. This would certainly put an end to a problem he has had with our community for decades.

We could, and would, ask, WHY this particular resolution was left in the list of resolutions for consideration sent in by our Metropolitan to Archbishop Demetrios for consideration at this Clergy-Laity Congress? If this resolution truly was not meant to be considered by the Clergy-Laity Congress, the Metropolitan had several months to see that to it this particular resolution was not included in the Denver Resolutions. He did not do so.
This said, if it turns out that the Metropolitan sees to it that this particular resolution is not considered, and honors his word to us, as stated in the December 6, 2007 letter sent to the community, our response will be "bravo".

Those who insist that at this particular point in time our concerns regarding this matter are merely based upon "rumor" are once again wrong. This is NOT a rumor; it is there, in plain black-and-white, for all to see. Οποιος εχει ματια βλεπει. (Whoever has eyes can see.)

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