“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 6, 2012

We Will (Gladly) Believe It - WHEN WE SEE IT!

From: parishcouncil@gocslc.org
Sent: 2/4/2012 2:59:19 P.M. Mountain Standard Time
Subj: Interim Parish Council
February 4, 2012

Dear Parishioners,

We, the undersigned, have been asked by His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah, to form an interim parish council to help our community move forward in peace and harmony with a spirit of Christian forgiveness.

We have taken the oath of office and elected officers. Our first meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6th, at 7:00 pm in the Prophet Elias boardroom.

As directed by the Metropolitan one of our primary tasks, and our first priority, is to schedule a Parish Assembly and subsequent elections for a new elected parish council. We are aware of the doubts many people may have of another appointed parish council. We want to assure you our time will be short while we help reclaim the vibrancy that once was and shall, with the help of all of you, be again in our community.

Through your commitment to our wonderful Orthodox Church we ask for your support to help us revitalize our parish.

Me agape,

Phillip Floor, President
John Johnson
Margaret Kireiev
Nicole Mouskondis, Secretary
Jim Mylonakis, Vice President
George Pappas
Ted Sargetakis, Treasurer
Pete Sefakis, Assistant Treasurer
Demetrios Skedros
Harry Souvall
Elaine Zambos


Steve Gamvroulas said...

A person who advocated that our community be declared in schism is now the president of the appointed "parish council"?

Seems this new "P.C." is already on the wrong track.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Tonight's agenda.
1. Fire Kouremetis.
2. End of meeting.

TOCB Moderator said...

Messrs. Floor and Mylonakis, et al.,

I seriously wonder WHY you think any of us SHOULD believe ANY of you?

When you seized, with our clergy's blessings, ABSOLUTE control of our community (with your Metropolitan's and Proistameno's-of-Prophet-Elias-ONLY guarantees of "get into heaven free cards" - don't know WHY you would NEED THOSE!?? - you didn't give a thought to "free and fair elections", even when you understood how DEEPLY in the minority YOU were!) You were told those weren't needed? Or am I wrong? (Don't think so!)

I sincerely HOPE you've had some "revelation" (yeah, I know that's a charged word in THIS valley") but, I remember the words of someone who lived here during the two decades I did not (even though I grew up here) - the GREEK-AMERICANS in Salt Lake HATE the Mormons, and behave JUST LIKE THEM (in all the negative aspects and NONE of the positive)!!!

"J'accuse!" (Google the reference, IT FITS YOU GUYS!)

May Christ bless and HELP those trying to bring us back from the brink YOU drove us to!

- Barbara Billinis Colessides

Steve Velis said...

Amen Barbara. What's needed is at least a gesture of good faith like following the Synods orders for one. Another would be some more fresh faces on the board. It's time to give a chance to others who don't keep our elders from entering their church.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Let's see elections on Feb. 26th, gotcha.