“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, October 19, 2010

Down the memory lane!

December 6,2007
letter from his Εminence,Metropolitan Isaiah,

"Almost ten years ago, more or less, when Father John Kaloudis was your proistamenos and Mr. Nick Bapis was the council president, the topic of two separate parishes was very much alive. After much discussion with Mr. Bapis, I told him that I would not force the community to become two parishes. I like to believe that I am faithful to what I say. One reason for this is that I believe in the exercise of one's free will. In my forty-five years in the clergy, I have never forced anyone to do my will. Each person must be free to exercise his or her own free will, especially in matters that deal with God and the Church. I challenge anyone to say that I forced someone to do or not to do a particular thing."
Survey results
November 17,2007

The survey results are in.
 Of the 1,325 surveys sent out, 427 were returned.
The results of those who sent in their surveys were:
Against the split: 370 - 87% For the split: 57 - 13%
In terms of primary church attendance the votes broke down in the following manner.
Those who attended primarly Holy Trinity voted 110 - against, and 5 - for.
Those who attended primarly Prophet Elias voted 104 - against, 46 - for.
Those claiming they attended both churches fairly equally voted 119 - against, 2 - for.
Those who claimed no attendance preference voted 37 - against, and 4 - for.

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1 comment:

Yannis Armaou said...

If those are not BROKEN PROMISES then broken promises do not exist!
We are indebted to you for keeping your word?