“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


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sad Commentary on the Denver Metropolitan

The Auxiliary Bishop from Denver is coming for a pastoral visit; a byproduct of the visit, is his wish to have a meeting for an “open dialogue” with our community. The “open dialogue” during his visit in our community is scheduled for July 21, 2013, at 2:00 o’clock pm, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The announcement for the meeting, couches it in the following terms: “... streamline this meeting and make the most efficient use of this limited time ... .” This approach for what is supposed to be an “open dialogue,” spells simply censorship.

A prerequisite to his “open dialogue” is having a cut-off date of July 12, 2013, to submit in advance and in writing questions from the parishioners.

How can you have an open exchange of ideas, [see definition of “dialogue”] when one person controls the content, and the “thought” process ??

How can you have an open exchange of ideas if there is a prior restraint on speech ??

The best action is for all of us to show up and demand a truly open dialogue:

  • without prior restraints;
  • without rehearsals; and
  • without marketing spins.
We must all demand honest answers to our questions.

Let’s all be there !!

Best regards,


Nick J. Colessides

Nick J. Colessides
Attorney at Law
466 South 400 East, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111-3325

Tele: 801-521-4441
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TOCB Moderator said...

well said.
However i do not expect any answers from him.
And if he says anything,he can not be trusted.
As he says:"if i did not write it ,i did not say it".
One philoptochos and one proistameno is what the community wants.
Ten years of nothing but problems in this community warrant the immediate removal of Fr. Kouremetis.

Yannis Armaou

TOCB Moderator said...

Maybe he should talk to Charles Van Doren first.

Bill Rekouniotis