“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


Thursday, January 19, 2012

In need of a life jacket...

"Ηλί Ηλί Λαμά Σαβαχθανί" ("Θεε μου γιατι με εγκατελειψες;")
 ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me ?’ " 

This is what our community has been shouting to Denver, New York and Constantinople for the past two years in trying to get out of our mess.  Deafening silence everywhere. 

Why?  Do they listen? Don't they care?  Maybe they do not.

They send a "captain" to steer the ship.  The crew members, realizing that the captain is incapable of his duties, one by one are jumping off the ship.  In the last few days, many letters have been sent from Denver asking individuals to serve on an appointed parish council FOR ONE YEAR!?  Many to their credit have turned it DOWN. 

Who is the Metropolitan trying to save? His captain is looking for a life boat like his counterpart on the Costa Concordia.  Maybe his eight chosen will trip him in to a life boat?  The captain is not my concern, but this community is.  We have no idea how this community is operating (no budget, elections, free General Assemblies), I am afraid we will have a rude awakening when this is done and over with.

See you all  January 29,  2012 at the General Assembly.

"God helps those that help themselves".

- Yannis Armaou


Bill Rekouniotis said...

The "captain" should look for a life boat on the Exxon Valdez, that's where the "oil" is.

Jim Sefandonakis said...

Did anyone else get an envelope from the Church this week? I wonder what was inside since I just returned it to sender?

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Couldn't tell you Jim, I returned it to sender too.