It is perfectly clear, based on our Metropolitan's latest "Beloved in the Lord" letter, what is about to happen. In fact, it's been planned for a very long time, despite meaningless platitudes and assurances to the contrary.
The minority in this community (13%) WILL "win". They will "win" because:
- elections for the parish council are rigged to allow only those who will accept an utterly passive role, in total subservience to the clergy, despite growing evidence of disaffection, decreasing stewardship and apathy.
- the will of the majority over issues such as independent fundraising (something that 72% of this community SUPPORTED, with the Metropolitan's BLESSING) that frees the parish council from this task (since our current ones cannot even manage competent day-to-day governance), or whether to split our community, can be overturned by the minority with the help of an all-controlling clergy.
- we have a hierarchy that listens to one group only and points to absurd, unsubstantiated and inconsequential pettiness. The ladies from the Holy Trinity Philoptochos are being catty to the poor ladies of the Prophet Elias Philoptochos! Oh my! IF, this is true, several instances can be documented where the reverse was true. Is this SERIOUSLY something a bishop should be discussing?
This coup has been planned since that first "WHY NOT" letter that the minority put out after their meeting in the Prophet Elias board room where they were granted permission to meet by the then-PROISTAMENOS-supposedly-of-the-entire-community. (He of course threw up his hands and feigned innocence - as usual!)