“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


Saturday, August 15, 2009

His Pet Projects Continue

Congratulations to the organizers of the Taste of Greece on another successful event.

Conspicuously absent from this community wide event was the Proistamenos of Prophet Elias only who had a "prior engagement". These "prior engagements" seem to pop up with events taking place at Holy Trinity. According to his "inner circle", instead of having an egalitarian attitude, the Proistameno of Prophet Elias only "hates going down there". Isn't it ironic then that he would send his emissary to request that this year's proceeds be earmarked to purchase tables for the pavilion.

There seem to be more imperative needs at BOTH churches (dome at Prophet Elias and classrooms at Holy Trinity) than tables for a pavilion that was supposed to be completed by monies already donated. It would seem that if one were to request proceeds from an event for one of their pet projects, the least they could do is attend the event "για τα ματια του κοσμου"

Need we remind the Proistameno of Prophet Elias only that the funds generated from this community that pay his salary come from BOTH churches. We only hope that his actions aren't an attempt to resurrect the long dead issue of needing two separate communities. Maybe another look at the letter from the Metropolitan regarding this issue will refresh his memory.

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