“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


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Question for the Community

How long are we, as a community, going to allow the Dignity and the Moral Character of our members to be attacked by this Parish Council and the Proistamenoi? Metropolitans come and go, as do Priests. Parish Councils change yearly, but we the members of the community remain year after year to perpetuate our Greek Orthodox Faith, Cultural and Heritage.

For far too many years now, members are attacked as to their character for parish council membership, dismissed from the parish council and denied their Sacraments just because they ask questions. Stewards of the community, with unquestionable devotion, have had their character attacked. We have hit ROCK BOTTOM.

It is time for a town meeting where we tell the Proistamenoi to stick to their Ecclesiastical duties and leave all the secular duties to the parish council - a fairly and properly elected parish council, not one where candidates are cherry-picked on the whims of the clergy. The parish council from here forward is to represent the members of the community that elected them and not the clergy who come and go.

- Jim Kastanis

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