“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, August 14, 2008

Who Gets The Questionnaire?

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.

  1. The community elects a parish council and it terminated by the Metropolitan.

  2. A member of the parish council voices his opinion and is ejected from the council and denied his sacraments.

  3. 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.)

  4. A General Assembly has the largest number in attendance in years, if ever, and over 70% approve a motion and it is rejected.

  5. Major improvements to our churches and buildings are implemented without community general assembly approval.

  6. Can anyone with a pet project proceed because he is willing to fund the project, without general assembly approval?

  7. 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.

Jim Kastanis

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