“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


Friday, October 31, 2008

Surveys? We Don't Know Who Has The Surveys

On Tuesday, October 21 members of the parish council, including our president, ventured to Holy Trinity to retrieve the most recent surveys. The envelopes were finally opened and the surveys were numbered after sitting for almost 4 months. Those surveys were supposed to be turned over to the election committee who, just as the previous survey, has been charged with compiling the information and disseminating it (along with comments made) to the community.

As of Friday, October 31, the surveys had not been delivered to that committee. In fact, when a member of the committee was asked about the most recent events, they were unaware that the surveys had been retrieved let alone opened and counted. Why the delay? Who has possession of the surveys? Why were they not immediately turned over to the committee responsible to compile and disseminate the information? We're sure someone will eventually find them and see they get where they belong. Hopefully, they will be turned over as they were retrieved and who knows, maybe the community will finally see what we were promised. On second thought, that might be expecting too much.

Another recent troubling event has brought about the removal of one of our youth from ALL youth programs for a full year. It is our understanding that the decision was that of the three clergy and the parish council president. Maybe they have forgotten the words of Christ in the bible, "Let the children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for such is the kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 19:14) Might the punishment not fit the alleged crime especially in a time when we should be looking to bring our children back to the church and not chase them away?

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