“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, January 13, 2012

Commentary by Nick Colessides on the Metropolis' "Return to Sender"

Dear Parishioners,

In following the UPRs not less than 10% of parishioners in good standing filed [with a transmittal letter from my office] the original of the petition and signatures with the main corporate office of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake at Holy Trinity Cathedral; copies of the entire package were mailed to the Denver Metropolitan and to Archbishop Demetrios in New York.

The envelope addressed to the Denver Metropolitan was returned unopened today. A copy is attached.

Mr. Peter Maroudas in his excellent treatise about the apostolic successors in the United States, wrote that by and large the majority of the Bishops and Metropolitans are:

1. "Arrogant, intellectually and theologically mediocre";
2. "Administratively incompetent", and,
3. Most importantly - "spiritually deficient."

Where do you think the Metropolitan’s acts fit in Mr. Maroudas’ description ?

Best Regards,

Nick J. Colessides

P.S. I. NO matter what he thinks, back in the sixties [when our city was his first assignment] our motto was: WE SHALL OVERCOME, AND WE SHALL.


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

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Bill Rekouniotis said...

People, people, there's no problem here. His Eminence knew what was in the letter, he didn't need to open it, which means he approves of the General Assembly on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 279 So. 300 West. If he disapproved he would have said so people, come on now.

Steve Gamvroulas said...

My respect for the clergy and their sycophant lay "leaders" seem to impress me more and more every day.

Barbara Billinis Colessides said...

Did the Metropolis move its Diocesan Center?