“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


Monday, February 23, 2009

Parish Council Response to Concerned GOC of SLC Parishioners

Moderator's Note: below is the response letter by the Parish Council to the Concerned GOC of SLC Parishioners. It is transcribed verbatim and is the second of three in a set of letters copied and sent to all parishioners by our current Parish Council and Proistamenoi.


Holy Trinity Cathedral
279 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Telephone: 801 328 9681 Fax: 801 328 9688

Prophet Elias Church
5335 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117
Telephone: 801 277 2693 Fax: 801 424-1296

Web: www.goslc.com

Concerned GOC of Greater SL Parishioners
c/o Nick Sefakis
2820 East Commonwealth Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109

February 11, 2009

Dear Nick,

The Parish Council of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake will be more than happy to meet with you and the other 13 parishioners who provided us with a later dated 2/2/09.

The Parish Council agreed we will meet with you and the 13 other parishioners at Prophet Elias Church Board Room on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

Due to prior commitments, we regret, Ron Steele and George Cayias will not be able to attend.

The Parish Council asks you to provide a detailed agenda of the topics you wish to discuss prior to our meeting, to review and be prepared to address your topics and assure all concerns are addressed.

Please make sure the other 13 parishioners are aware the Parish Council looks forward to meeting as outlined.

Best Regards,

Parish Council, Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake

Nick E. Varanakis

Bill Souvall
1st Vice President

Jim Mylonakis
2nd Vice President

Phillip Floor

Steve Oneida

Ron Steele
Asst. Treasurer

Chris Mantas
James Derby
Joe Sasich
Steve Simos
Sam Soter
Mark Vrontikis
Elaine Zambos
Marianne Holmgren
George Cayias

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