“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


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Alea jacta est - Julius Caesar
Moderators' Note: It is with deep sadness, but also a sense of abiding justice that we post the following note, with a link to the complaint outlined below in Mr. Colessides' e-mail. We should all thank those who had the courage and fortitude to do what must be done to protect the legacy of our forefathers. Further, we should join and assist them in the difficult days to come. That this tragic situation needed to come to this pass is a failure, not of those who tried every avenue to forestall such a now-necessary action, but of those who seek to use the church to dominate and to destroy our once-thriving community by any means possible. 

The situation did not have to come to this: our Archbishop in America, Demetrios, along with the Holy Synod, set forth a reasonable way forward, acknowledging the prerogatives of all sides. It is sad that our Metropolitan, our local clergy, and our appointed Parish Council chose to further divide this community and snub the directives of His Eminence and the Holy Synod. In doing so they have ignored the UPRs, the bylaws of our blessed community, and the civil laws of the State of Utah. Time and again we have sought compromise based on the holy principles of Our Lord's Church, on the UPRs, flawed as they are, and on our Lord's own example of simple honor, fairness and ethics - again sadly, to no avail.

October 26, 2011 

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Best regards,


Nick J. Colessides
Attorney at Law
466 South 400 East, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111-3325

Tele: 801-521-4441
Fax: 801-521-4452


Bill Rekouniotis said...

All of the greatest generation is gone now, but I know one thing for sure, they are all cheering on this day.

Barbara Billinis Colessides said...

Not quite all, Bill. We still have Con, who had the GUTS to be part of the complaint. GOD BLESS HIM, along with the others who signed! I'm proud to know Con, prouder still to have had him as a Sunday School teacher in my youth; and most PROUD to call him "friend", mentor, guide. God grant him MANY more years with us!