“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


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Are You Really the Boss?

"Just as I do not do things on my own, but always refer to the consistent tradition of our Church and reflect the common consensus of my brother hierarchs in our Eparchial Synod."  How then can your brother hierarchs in the Eparchial Synod direct you to "kindly implement" the decisions as stated in the letter signed by the Archbishop, and you in turn mention only the parts of the letter that suit you?  If you reflect the common consensus of the Eparchial Synod why have you not implemented A SINGLE directive?  If you are your own boss, why did you and your priests LIE to the Archbishop to have an ILLEGAL charter issued for Prophet Elias.

As you cite sections of the UPR when they suit your needs and ignore clear violations of the same UPR because they are not beneficial to you we ask:  If the local parish bylaws are in conflict with the UPR, which is followed? We will answer our own question:  According to the UPR, the UPR supersedes the parish bylaws in instances of conflict.  The agenda for the upcoming fiasco general assembly states that only those who have fulfilled their stewardship obligations through the first quarter will be allowed to participate.  Article 31 of the UPR allows those who are in arrears can participate in a general assembly by meeting their stewardship obligations on or before the date of the meeting.  Seems you and your appointed cronies have chosen to ignore what doesn't suit your agenda.  In the same light, if your actions ignore the Eparchial Synod and the Archbishop, why have we been asked to submit nearly $140, 000 in our assessment?  (For the record, no monies have been sent thus far this year to the Archdiocese not to mention the last quarter of 2010.) 

Η στραβος ειν' ο γιαλος , η στραβα αρμενιζουμε!

Ο λύκος κι αν εγέρασε

κι άλλαξε το μαλλί του,

μήδε την γνώμη άλλαξε
μήδε την κεφαλή του.


Bill Rekouniotis said...

As Richard M. Nixon would say "either crap or get off the pot". Enough e-mails, letters and other colopana, it's time to take action one way or the other. We're disgusted, and we're tired. Do something!

Bill Rekouniotis said...

It was good to see Marshal Dillon and his deputies at the fundraiser "Taste of Greece". "Finally, the current continuing parish council members have served well and ably these past few months". I want some of what he's smoking.

Andy Giannis said...

Bill, Marshall Matt Dillon Of Gunsmoke would be offended if he knew he were being compared to Mr Kouremetis. Marshall Dillon had a strong code of honor, integrity and honesty. And that's why he was loved, respected and admired by millions of viewers. Every episode was a display of the qualities he possessed. And as we all know, Mr Kouremetis is NO Marshall Dillon. Marshall Dillon would have escorted Kouremetis and Company out of town ten years ago.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Andy, I agree, he portrays himself as Marshal Dillon but we know better. But even Al Capone and John Dillinger had good qualities. James Arness just passed away the other day, God bless him.