“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, April 27, 2012


Dear Parishioners,

Please be aware that the General Assembly package contains 3 policies relating to financial matters.

These 3 policies should not be passed or adopted for the following reasons:

First, they attempt to implement the two resolutions, defeated soundly by a 3-to-2 decision of the Special General Assembly in November 2011, while some of us were left out waiting in the cold.  The Metropolitan still is trying to make an end-run around the Parish Assembly.

Second, there are no safeguards for the community; and,

Third, the “policies” have not been thoroughly vetted by our community.  The “policies” need to be discussed, by experts from our community, and then placed before the general assembly for consideration.

Anything and everything that diminishes the right of the General Assembly to be in total and complete charge of our financial health, should not be passed.

Any other reason given by the proponents for the passage of the policies is bogus; they only want to do the bidding of the Denver Metropolitan.

Let’s us be ever so vigilant to safeguard our community.  Let us NOT be intimidated; we must not succumb to anyone’s threats.

Please come and attend the General Assembly next Sunday.  Please fill out and return your stewardship pledge.

Best regards,

Nick J. Colessides

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