“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, June 25, 2009

Whom Do We Believe?

Is there any doubt that there is discord in the community and questionable leadership by our clergy and parish council? 

At the spring general assembly we were told the new Iconostasis at Prophet Elias was approved by the community and the Metropolitan. A member of the community questioned this and stated he would call the Metropolitan personally that very evening. The metropolitan was called that evening at his home at 11:00 p.m. The Metropolitan said he knew nothing about a new Iconostasis or giving approval of one. The Metropolitan celebrated a liturgy at Prophet Elias on the Saturday before Palm Sunday and Vespers on the evening of Palm Sunday.

Whom do we believe? The Parish Council, the Metropolitan or the parishioner who called the Metropolitan personally?

- Jim Kastanis

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