“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, February 20, 2012


As nearly all parishioners are aware, a Special General Assembly for the CORPORATION of the "Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake" took place on January 29, 2012. The reason for this lawfully noticed assembly was simple and clear.

Due to the ongoing absence of regular general assemblies and also a continuing denial of free and fair elections in the Community, as detailed in the Uniform Parish Regulations that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the United States, AND, the Metropolis of Denver, claims to adhere to, 309 members met January 29, 2012 in order to set up processes to hold corporate elections.

The elections will be held February 26, 2012 following the liturgy and ending at 3 p.m. at both churches.

Some would ask for a postponement of those elections in order to give our newly appointed interim parish council time to work out a solution in order to bring about a date for a sanctioned general assembly, followed by free and fair elections.

Regular assemblies and free and fair elections are what we all want and have tried for so long to attain. In the meantime, the corporate elections are by not any means designed to undermine the efforts of the interim Parish Council.

On the contrary, those who care for the unity and progress of our beloved community wish them success - and soon!

The elections on February 26, 2012 will take place, and the elected corporate officers will need some time to proceed with their duties given that we are entering the Lenten period, with hope and faith in the RESURRECTION, also, for this community's resurrection!

No individual has the authority to postpone or cancel the Feb. 26 election from occurring, unless another Special General Assembly is held and authorizes such an extension. Unfortunately the time for such an assembly, due to the 10-day advance notice requirement, has expired.

If, in the meantime, our interim PC announces a General Assembly, to be followed by free and fair elections; and if, those elections take place in a timely manner; then, the elected corporate officers from the Feb 26, 2012 election can ask the community for a new directive. (The directors may also stand for election to the Parish Council.) The corporation can further send another 10-day notice, and a directive can be received, perhaps even before the newly elected Parish Council is sworn in.

We have faith in the community's wisdom. Given proper assurances, the community would not have two boards in competition with each other. However, having waited  - once again - for a reasonable response, and, once again, having received NONE, the elections MUST take place. The preferred decision-making board would of course have been a properly elected Parish Council such as existed prior to the improper clerical and hierarchical interferences prevalent in the past few years.

We continue to hope that the efforts of the current interim parish council will bring forth sanctioned elections in a timely manner are successful. In the meantime, we must ensure that there are no more unreasonable delays by any group or party.

This community has waited too long and has deserved better from its recent leaders - in and out of this community.


Sakis Sakellariou said...

A very pragmatic and/or realistic approach to our Community's current situation. Let one, let all come next Sunday to cast our vote to what may mean as the most important decision we have made as members of our Church here in Salt Lake City. I am positive that this action of ours will be the determining factor of our ecclesiastical future here in America and a catalyst and possibly the beggining for similar action which, very well, may impact several of the rest of the parishes here in our Archdiocese. Let's all push for our religious liberty free from any clerical restriction(s) and/or suppressions.

Steve Gamvroulas said...

The 15 individuals are that are to ultimately be elected will comprise the most effective and honest PC this community has seen in a decade.

Let the true miracles occur so that we can undo the damage done to us.