“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, October 10, 2010

By What Right, and Under Whose Authority?

On March 30, 2010, before the letter from the Archdiocese granting a new charter to Prophet Elias, a corporation was established with the state of Utah under the name "Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Holladay, Utah." (click here for a larger view)
If, as the Metropolitan of Denver states, he held on to the letter from the Archdiocese for five months "to be absolutely convinced that the church-going members indeed wanted to see two separate parishes, each with its own parish council, its own income and its own property," how was it that this new corporation was established so long ago? How can the Metropolitan of Denver say that the responsibilities of the interim parish councils will include "establishing new non-profit entities," knowing that a "new" one had already been established?

Article 31 Section 1 of The Uniform Parish Regulations, which are cited and adhered to by the Metropolitan of Denver and the current regime when it suits their needs, and ignored when they do not, states: "A Parish Assembly may be convened for matters other than those involving canonical and dogmatic issues. The Parish Assembly is the general meeting of the Parishioners in good standing of the Parish and the general policymaking and appropriating body of the Parish."
In addition, the Metropolitan of Denver has asserted that the people, through the General Assembly, are to make such decisions. How then did THREE people, two of whom are not even elected, or appointed, members of the Parish Council, have the right to establish a new corporate entity without a General Assembly, special or otherwise, and secure his help in obtaining the Archbishop's granting of a charter? (click on the image for a larger view)

We invite you to draw your own conclusions.


Steve Gamvroulas said...

I have one word for this egregious act...FRAUD. "From the standpoint of the Church, this is outright robbery" this was a quote thrown out by the metropolitan in April. I would have to say that it sounds exactly like what we have seen the last few days.

"I will be given no other choice but to formally recognize their self-excommunication" this how I feel what this group including the priests, metropolitan, appointed parish council and those listed on this document have done. They have defaced and defamed our precious faith. They are despicable individuals worthy of contempt. They must face legal action. That action must include not only civil remedy but also criminal prosecution.

The time to stand up is now or we will lose all this community has built.

Yannis Armaou said...

Αραγε τι θελει να πει ο ποιητης?

" Οποιος σκαβει το λακο του αλλου
πεφτει ο ιδιος μεσα?"

It is beyond any logical doubt that the clergy(wolves wearing sheep's clothing)manipulating "their flock"
to such backstabbing of our community!

Steve Gamvroulas said...

Look at the date this was filed. March 30, 2010...Holy Tuesday.

Ntropi sas...for those of you who are "directors" that means "shame on you".

Have you no shame?