“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, March 1, 2011

Secret Deals - Byzantine Machinations

The Conspiracy Theorist Will Love it!

And, suddenly the truth is known.

The 6 individuals who resigned on February 25, 2011, had a private deal to serve until February 28, 2011. They were not the thinkers that we thought they were, when appointed to those positions. I guess it must have been done as a favor to the Denver Metropolitan and Fr. Kouremetis.

I suppose the parishioners are not worthy to know any particulars; ... no one told us.

What were the 6 promised? Who brokered the deal?? Were there any minutes kept about the secret deal??? Is the extension legal either under the UPRs or the State By-Laws ????

The Denver Metropolitan’s October 6, 2010, letter ordering the split did not reference any extension of service by the 6. I am thinking that our Appeal to the Holy Eparchial Synod intervened and he had to change course. ... but of course the Denver Metropolitan did not adhere the admonition “all parties must refrain” part of the Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod’s letter anyway. Loose cannons on deck.

The Denver Metropolitan and Fr. Kouremetis are enjoying running things Rambo-style yet again. Fr. Matthew just follows. None of them have shown any respect toward either substance or process. No respect for their parishioners. Yet, what does one expect?

Neither the UPRs nor the State filed By-laws permit the extension of any term of any member of the Board of Trustees; it cannot be done by either the Denver Metropolitan or his anointed clergymen Fr. Kouremetis or Fr. Gilbert; the 6 are not permitted sua sponte to have their own term extended.

The 2 have resigned first; and the 6 resigned on Sunday. Today another one resigned... Only 6 left. This corporation has been left without a quorum to transact any business.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that if one cent is spent for any purpose whatsoever, from and after March 1, 2011, from the GOCGSL funds, I will make sure that whoever spends any money, the funds so expended illegally, unlawfully, and ultra vires, will be paid back from his/her own pocket. This a new cause of action in addition to all the illegal expenditures made by the appointees from and after January 1, 2011.

Enough is enough. How long does anyone think that we should be subjected to such an outrage? Can we endure any longer???

People, lawyer up!

Best regards,


Nick J. Colessides

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ERRATUM: Mr. Colessides has asked the blog moderators to add the following:

Mr. Steve Simos, a former member of the Parish Council called me earlier this afternoon (March 2, 2011) and reminded me of my error in this Blog piece. He took issue with my conspiracy theory assertion because he reminded me that the disclosure about the extended term of service, was contained in the SECOND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION; it was thus disclosed to the entire community on December 8, 2010. Mr. Simos is correct. My apologies to all and my thanks and appreciation to Mr. Simos for giving me an opportunity to correct the record.


Nick J. Colessides

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Yannis Armaou said...

Titanic just set sail from Southampton, the sailors for some reason are abandoning the ship.
The captain is doomed!!

Steve Gamvroulas said...

It is amazing that as the others jump ship, there are others to take their place. Is there no end to the pool of gullible people?

Good luck my friends. Please consider the reputations (or lack thereof) of your predecessors. We anxiously await the next blow to our community from this newest unelected, illegitimate and appointed "parish council".

May God be with us.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Our ship is sinking, so they give us a glass of water.