“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


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Board of Auditors?

One year ago at the fall General Assembly, a request was made from the floor to appoint a Board of Auditors as Required by the Metropolis of Denver in the Administrative Guidelines for Parish Council Elections. (www.denver.goarch.org/protocols/2008-Protocols/protocol-08-24-enc-1.pdf) Our parish council president, who was also meeting chair, deferred action to the spring general assembly. This done despite the Administrative Guidelines which require action at the last general assembly preceding an election. Seated and silent was the proistameno of Prophet Elias only who failed to intercede and correct the misstep and follow the Administrative Guidelines of this Metropolis.

Be that as it may, the spring general assembly was held and again the issue was brought to the floor. After promising to discuss this important matter in the spring, our parish council president who was again meeting chair, delayed discussion to the fall general assembly. Our president/chair is either voluntarily misinformed or purposely avoiding the issue for reasons only known to him and the proistameno of Prophet Elias only.

The establishment of a Board of Auditors is required by the Metropolis in order for election results to be ratified. Since no Board of Auditors has been elected as required, how have the elections been ratified by the Metropolitan? Could it be that he is under the false impression that all requirements have been followed? If he is under this false impression, who is it that has deceived him? Questions that can only be answered by those providing the answers.

One full year later with still no action being taken, we believe our parish council and proistameno of Prophet Elias only will finally rectify this error. The text from the Metropolis of Denver regarding this matter reads as follows:

VI. Board of Auditors

1. The Board of Auditors shall consist of at least three parishioners none of whom are members of the Parish Council. The Board of Auditors shall be elected at the last Parish Assembly preceding an election from among those who have not served on the Parish Council for the year being audited and who are not candidates for election to the Parish Council. The Board of Auditors shall have the financial competency to properly execute its responsibilities. (2005 UPR Article 33, Section 1)

2. The Board of Auditors shall audit financial records of the prior year and prepare a report of
such audit for presentation to the Parish Assembly. After review by the Parish Assembly, the Parish Council shall transmit copies of the final audit to the respective Hierarch and the Archdiocese. (2005 UPR Article 33, Section 2)

3. A vacancy on the Board of Auditors shall be filled by the Parish Council by electing a
successor therefore from amongst the parishioners of the Parish in good standing for the unexpired portion of the term of such vacancy. (2005 UPR Article 33, Section 3)

4. The Board of Auditors is dissolved upon submission of their report to the Parish Council, and
the acceptance of that report by the Parish Council.

We ask that those who preach the following of Guidelines and UPR's practice what they preach.

1 comment:

steve gamvroulas said...

what is being hidden from us? Something sinister?