The recent mailing of a questionnaire to the community by the stewardship committee raises more questions than appear on the one sent out. Some people received it in their name only; others received it jointly as husband and wife, and others didn’t even receive one at all. In my particular case, I received one in my name only and addressed to me only. Needless to say, my wife, also being a paid member of the community, immediately placed a call to the church offices.
In all reality will anything be accomplished by this questionnaire or will it go by the wayside as all the others? Surely the parish council and stewardship committee know the mood of the community and why the finances are in the condition they are.
Let’s review again what has transpired in the past year or two to set the now mood of the community.
- The community elects a parish council and it terminated by the Metropolitan.
- A member of the parish council voices his opinion and is ejected from the council and denied his sacraments.
- Good-standing members submit their names for election and are denied. (There must be some kind of a tracking system being kept for ones eligibility.)
- A General Assembly has the largest number in attendance in years, if ever, and over 70% approve a motion and it is rejected.
- Major improvements to our churches and buildings are implemented without community general assembly approval.
- Can anyone with a pet project proceed because he is willing to fund the project, without general assembly approval?
- Why are we not PRIORITIZING our capital improvements? Many items need attention more than those currently being attended.
The properties of the Greater Salt Lake Greek Orthodox Community belong to the community. They always have been and always will be as our forefathers struggled and suffered for us, our children and our grandchildren. Clergy come and go but we who live in our community remain to perpetuate our great GREEK heritage, culture and Religion for our children and grandchildren. Parish Council listen to your members of the community and take back control because we are in serious trouble.