“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, August 27, 2011

And Time Rolls On...

It has been exactly 5 months and 3 days since the Holy and Eparchial Synod sent their letter to this community.  Their letter affirms that:  "As agreed, the Salt Lake community will remain as one united parish. until such time as the appropriate conditions are in place for the separation into two communities. Therefore, the ecclesiastical charter for Prophet Elias that was issued on April 12. 2010, is to be considered inapplicable and consequently withdrawn. Similarly, the Prophet Elias corporation will be formally dissolved and no separate trade names wil1 be filed with the state of Utah for Holy Trinity and Propbet Elias."  To date, the entities established with the state of Utah have not been dissolved.

In addition, the Metropolitan of Denver has demanded not only in his letter of  March 21, 2011 but also through his representative and in direct opposition to the directive of the Holy and Eparchial Synod, that a new corporation be formed in the name of Holy Trinity and Prophet Elias.  In his June 7, 2011 letter the Metropolitan of Denver writes, "Just as I do not 'do things on my own' so our parishes do not have separate sets of regulations."  As part of the Holy and Eparchial Synod and not doing things on his own, how then can he make this demand which is in direct contradiction to the directive of March 24, 2011?

In all these months since the Holy and Eparchial Synod's letter, NOT A SINGLE ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN by either the Archdiocese or the Metropolis.  Through their inaction are we to conclude that they have taken us as fools?  When will WE, the members of this community, see through the stall tactics and the recent new found weekly messages from the proistameno of Prophet Elias only?  It is time to take action.  The real questions are:  "What are we waiting for and why has it taken so long to wake up?"



ΣΥΝ ΑΘΗΝΑ ΚΑΙ ΧΕΙΡΑ ΚΙΝΕΙ  (God helps those that help themselves)!

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Bill Rekouniotis said...

See no evil, hear no evil, do evil.

Mitch Manousakis said...

Where have these wonderful weekly messages been for the past 9 years from our spiritual leader and who are the messages meant for? "DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO".

I'm afraid that we are being lulled into a sleep of apathy. Also I question the real intent of the Archdiocese and who they are actually supporting.

It seems that we are at a stalemate which is in the favor of those that would do harm to our parish in the name of the almighty $$$.
It is time, I believe to move forward with what we have to do to save our parish from those that would do us harm.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Amen Mitch, amen.