“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


Sunday, November 4, 2012

WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION: Letter for the Hierarchy!

Moderator's Note: We are asking all faithful supporters of this community to support our beloved community and its elected Parish Council. Please download the note of support below and send or deliver it as soon as possible to Yanni's Greek Express.

The letter to be signed may be downloaded by clicking HERE

We encourage everyone who wants a united community, with open assemblies and fair elections, to please show their support. We have had word that the members who, behind this community's back, once again established a SEPARATE PROPHET ELIAS CORPORATION, are now gathering signatures to keep Fr. Kouremetis here, despite his demonstrable and ongoing support to divide our community. If they are so anxious to keep him, they can pay his salary and benefits THEMSELVES and BUILD THEIR OWN CHURCH!

His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah
Metropolis of Denver
4550 East Alameda Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80246-1208 
November 2012 
Your Eminence, 
As a faithful member of the Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake, I would like you to know that I stand firm in my support for our community's elected Parish Council. 
In a very short time since their election, the community has witnessed positive steps in restoring the vibrancy and dynamism that exists in the Greek Orthodox Community in the Salt Lake Valley. This community asks that you keep your word, and you allow this elected Parish Council to continue in its efforts, without any fear of removal or sanction. 
Further, I join others in respectfully requesting the immediate reassignment of Father Michael Kouremetis from his position as a Proistamenos in the Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake. Sadly, Fr. Kouremetis has proven to be a divisive force, seeking to undermine lay leadership efforts in efficient and transparent governance, and at a time when this community is seeking to heal and to unify. His reassignment will allow this community a fresh start. 
I ask that you, along with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Holy Synod, and His Beatitude, Patriarch Bartholomew, honor the efforts and wishes of their faithful flock in Salt Lake City. We ask that all would follow Christ's example of the good shepherd who leads his flock with love and good will. 
In His Name,

Faithful Member, The Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake 
cc: His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios & the Holy Synod
His Beatitude, Patriarch Bartholomew

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