“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, December 11, 2008

Meet the Judge, Jury and Executioner

A review of the Metropolitan’s letter leads to the following inescapable conclusions:

  • We need love; he offers indictments;
  • We seek help; he says he has no time for us;
  • We need a shepherd looking after his flock; he says we are trouble makers;
  • We have substantial discontent; he continues to keep Fr. Kouremetis in place;
  • We need workable programs to keep our youth within the Church; he offers severe criticisms;
  • We ask for help; he provides us with threats explicit and implied;
  • We ask for help; we get a manipulated view of the Holy Canons;
  • We ask for help; we get his “scapegoat” theory;
  • We do not need to have on board clergy who support his points of view;
  • Do you want to continue your financial support to the Metropolis?


Nick J. Colessides
Attorney at Law

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