“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


Friday, October 21, 2011


Below are the reasons that I think we need to file a lawsuit. 
You may have your own reasons. 
Please let us know what they are (click here to respond), so that your views may be considered by our lawyers.

My reasons for the need to file a lawsuit.

Starting in the year 2002, slowly and systematically, there has been cultivated an era of mistrust and turmoil in our community.

There has been a new wave of a rogue and secessionist movement supported by the two clergy and a distinct minority of parishioners.  They are all outside our Greek Orthodox Church.  They all refuse to follow the direction of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

This path will only lead us into fiscal and moral bankruptcy.  We must change immediately if Greek Orthodoxy is to survive.  We must change immediately if we are to survive.  We must change immediately if there is something to be left for the next generations to enjoy and build upon.

The purpose of the lawsuit is NOT to ask for money damages. 

We need new governance.  We need to return to:
  • the days that we held not less than 2 General Assemblies per year;
  • the days of free elections;
  • the days of presenting budgets for expenditures to the stewards of our community; 
  • the days that our faithful stewards determined how the Parish’s funds were expended; 
  • the days that we had audits;
  • the days that the faithful stewards determined in the holding of regular General Assemblies; 
  • the days that we ALL collectively moved forward; 
  • the days that ALL faithful stewards voted for our destiny;
  • the days of NO MORE secrecy;
  • the days of total transparency;
  • the days of accountability. 

Those are my reasons.  If you agree please join all of us; we need to be moving forward.

- Nick J. Colessides


Yannis Armaou said...

.When did we have a clergy that claim
to the janitors that he is the boss?
"Mi patron"
.When did we have a clergy that almost blew the building up trying to install "secret computer" room?
.When did we have a clergy that an "accidental spill" became a "miracle"?
.When did we have a clergy that split the philoptochos and he"knew nothing about it"?
.When did we have a clergy that is "visiting at the hospital" when the person that is talking to him is actually behind his car just leaving P.E?
.When did we have a priest "visiting" St. Sophias school regularly?
.When did we have a priest visiting "rich people "only?
.When did we have a priest that "hates going down there" but loves his paycheck?
.When did we have a proistameno with "SECRET ACCOUNT"?

Κυριε φυλατται ταις εκκλησσιες σου απο τους φυλακας της

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Oh, oh, I know the answer. Marshall Matthew Dillon. Giddy up night rider.

Yannis Armaou said...

Why Holy Trinity was closed today?
Computers were down?Is this another excuse of stalling the INEVITABLE?
The main proistameno of Prophet Elias only
is ready to portray his favor role in the near future: Pontius Pilate.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

"There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him. Haughty eyes, a LYING tongue, hands that shed blood, a heart that devises WICKED plans, feet that make haste to run to EVIL, a false witness who breathes out LIES, and one who sows DISCORD among brothers". (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Someone is in trouble with the Lord.

Bill rekouniotis said...

This is the city, Greater Salt Lake City. It's Monday October 24th, 12:20 p.m. it's partly sunny, Holy Trinity Cathedral offices are closed, computer is down, I tell the Captain, he says, they can run, but they can't hide. My name is Friday.

God bless Jack Webb.