“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, July 3, 2010

Action Required! - Looking Back to Move Forward

On November 15, 2005, Metropolitan Isaiah mailed a letter to the Parish. The complete letter can be viewed by clicking here. Metropolitan Isaiah stated in the last full paragraph of the first page the following:

First and foremost it must be stressed that every Greek Orthodox parish is owned by the general membership. ... This means that in the matter of revenues and property, the general membership makes all the decisions. (Emphasis added).
We urge all parishioners to sign a Petition calling for a Special General Assembly in order to implement Metropolitan Isaiah’s directive and move our community forward.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,


Nick J. Colessides

Note: the Petition and all information materials may also be accessed on its separate blog page by clicking here.

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