“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, November 30, 2012

Ecclesiastical Corporation?

Your All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew and Your Eminence Archbishop Dimitrios,

 On March 24, 2011 as part of the decision of the Holy Eparchial Synod, Your Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios,  wrote a letter to Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver regarding the withdrawal of an ecclesiastical charter issued on April 12, 2010.

I believe that Your Eminence was deceived by the Metropolitan of Denver in issuing the charter in his endless quest, along with Fr. Kouremetis, to split the community of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake.

In addition, Your Eminence's letter states, "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.

It is certainly no secret that problems have continued with Fr. Kouremetis especially in declaring an accidental spill on an icon a miracle.

Sadly, Your Eminence's directive stated above has not been followed and to this date, a corporation in the name of the Prophet Elias is active with the state of Utah. Not only has this directive been ignored, the corporation was renewed THIS YEAR. What is the point of having an appeal process in the Uniform Parish Regulations if the decision of the Holy Eparchial Synod, which is to be FINAL, is ignored?

Furthermore, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver writes on August 20, 2012 to the community: "Furthermore, the updating of the corporate record with the name, Prophet Elias, guarantees that no other entity in the future can legally use this name."

Since the building of the Prophet Elias church in 1969, no other entity has attempted to legally use this name. It appears that the Metropolitan in conjunction with Fr. Kouremetis continue to operate in defiance of the decision of Your Eminence and the Eparchial Synod.

Your All Holiness and Your Eminence, the people of this community have endured a great deal due to the Trojan Horse tactics and at the hands of the Metropolitan and Fr. Kouremetis. A quick and drastic solution is needed to bring peace to this community. At the very least, the immediate removal of Fr. Kouremetis and the withdrawal of the Prophet Elias corporation is necessary.

I have attached all letters referenced along with the Articles of Incorporation of the unethically formed Prophet Elias corporation. I thank you for your time and consideration.

Reverencing your right hands, I remain, faithfully yours,


Yannis Armaou

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