“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, July 19, 2012


“A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.”
 Winston Churchill

From the decision of the Holy Eparchial Synod and Archbishop Demetrios in a Letter to the Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake dated March 24, 2011:

"The ecclesiastical charter that was issued on April 10, 2010 is to be considered inapplicable and consequently withdrawn. Similarly, the Prophet Elias corporation will be formally dissolved and no separate trade names will be filed with the state of Utah for Holy Trinity and  Prophet Elias."

Mr. Shand is an attorney. Aside from the pure peevishness by him and his cohorts, surely no part of this statement is confusing, vague or unambiguous! So, yet again, as if this hasn't been pointed out over and over again, what part of "NO SEPARATE TRADE NAMES" is unclear?

Further, the people listed below must have felt that there was a clear "go ahead" signal - since they reinstated their attempt to separately incorporate the church they intend to separate from this community on the very same day that the suit against a former selected parish council was dropped! Obviously, this action once again provides "hope" for the very few who want to effect a land grab, and to continue the shenanigans that caused this debacle.

Since they don't have the fortitude and the faith to do what our grandparents did and build their own church, they intend, yet again - STILL, after nearly destroying what it took decades to build -  through their own selfishness, to try to take a church and its assets away from this community.

Not on our watch!


Joseph Kalodimos said...


There is no need to worry about this now. Recently, at a Parish Council meeting, Fr Michael said that he was for "unity" so somebody please inform these three, misdirected Directors of the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Holladay, Utah. Now we can all sleep better.


Jim Sefandonakis said...

Let's figure out a way to end this problem once and for all. Why don't we sell the pavilion to the dividers and let them turn it into a church? They can take their miracle icon and one of our priests and start the church they have always dreamed about.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

The Rev. Kouremetis is for "unity", he couldn't unify an outhouse. Want "unity"? Get out of Dodge.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Congratulations to the Parish Council and the Prophet Elias Philoptochos on a very successful picnic. "Mi patron" I don't think so pal.