“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


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Some Further Perspectives on "Judge, Jury and Executioner"

The Clergy Letter of "ineligibility"...

  • None of the four candidates declared ineligible were ever given the opportunity to defend themselves.
  • They were accused, found guilty and sentenced without any representation.
  • We question and we are told we disrespect ecclesiastical authority.
  • We ask to be heard and are told we are out of order.
  • We voice our concerns and they are twisted into malice.
  • We are preached love, kindness and respect of our fellow man; yet, we get dictatorship rather than any real or sincere Clergy-Laity dialogue.
  • We are asked to state our concerns in writing, yet they are never made known.
  • Where is the unity of Clergy and Laity we were always taught represented the Orthodox Faith?
  • The Uniform Parish Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America state in part that one must be obedient in matters of the faith, practice and ecclesiastical order, contribute to the progress of the church’s sacred mission; and be an effective witness and example of the Orthodox Faith and traditions to all people. Does this only apply to the Laity?
It IS time for a change!

Merry Christmas to all!

- Jim Kastanis

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