“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


Monday, September 26, 2011

Time To Act

In 2007, we were directed by the Metropolitan to conduct a survey regarding the splitting of our community.  An overwhelming 87% responded to remain united.  In his letter of December 6, 2007, the Metropolitan writes:  "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.  In my forty-five years in the clergy, I have never forced anyone to do my will."  He later continues, "I challenge anyone to say that I forced someone to do or not do a particular thing.  In keeping my word to Mr. Bapis and to myself, I will not force the recognition of two parishes."

Since this letter, we have received many more and experienced many disappointments at the hands of the Metropolitan and the proistameno of Prophet Elias only.  It seems the Metropolitan forgets what he writes and listens to the fabrications of the proistameno of Prophet Elias only which suits their desires.  The March 24, 2011 letter from the Holy Eparchial Synod has been ignored.  The TWO new ILLEGAL corporations that were to be dissolved remain active and were renewed after the Synod's letter.

Not only have the appointed parish council, the proistameno of Prophet Elias only and the Metropolitan disregarded the directive of the Synod, they have also ignored every request for a return to normalcy that existed before the arrival of the proistameno of Prophet Elias only.  The only letter that received a response was the letter from the law offices of Anderson & Karrenberg regarding the proposed  ILLEGAL special general assembly this past June.  Letter

Obviously this is the only language they understand.  Please attend the October 2 meeting, at the University Park Hotel at 3:00 p.m.  We have waited and been IGNORED long enough.  It is time to now take action.

1 comment:

Bill Rekouniotis said...

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." (Plato)