“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, October 28, 2010

BREAKING NEWS!!: A Chance for the Majority to Be HEARD!

Moderator's Note: This document (text below) was received early this afternoon via fax. Click here to read the scanned original.

October 28, 2010
Mr. Nick Colessides
466 South 400 East, Suite 100,
Salt Lake city, Utah 84111-3325

Dear Mr. Colessides:
May the Lord be with you.

I am writing to you on behalf of the Holy Eparchlal Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Your appeal dated September 13, 2010 was received and discussed by the Holy Eparchial Synod on October 27, 2010.  At the request of His Eminence Metropolitan lsaiah of Denver and in accordance with the Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, a Synodal Committee has been formed to review the issues you have raised. The Committee, which includes His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, of Boston. His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, and Legal Counsel, will contact you, in the very near future, to schedule a meeting to discuss your case. In the meanwhile, should you have any questions or further information you wish to provide, please do not hesitate to contact me at 212-774-0542.
All involved in this matter are advised to refrain from any further action whatsoever related to the issues raised, pending review and resolution of the matter by the Holy Eparchial Synod.
On behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod, I kindly ask for your patience as we diligently work to resolve the concerns you have raised in a manner that will establish peace and promote spiritual growth among the faithful people of Salt Lake City.
Conveying to you, on behalf of the Holy Synod. the blessings from God. I remain,
+Archimandrite Sebastian Skordallos
        Chief Secretary
cc. His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston
His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit
Rev. Fr. Matthew Gilbert
Rev. Fr. Michael Kouremetis
Cathy Walsh

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