“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, August 2, 2013


To Whom it May Concern,

Please pass along this letter to the Parish Council and anyone else you feel may have an interest.

As a member in good standing for many years of our community, I would like to commend the Parish Council for their stand to bring our community back into financial solvency.  The decisions necessary to run our community without debt are difficult, emotional and exactly correct.  It is far past time to make the decisions which will leave our children a community without debt. 

It is my personal opinion that, if the recent Parish Council decisions hold, there will be an increase in stewardship.  I’m aware of many parishoners who have withheld funds due to lack of support of the leadership in this community and the direction it has taken for many years.  This is an opportunity to change the trajectory of our community through avoiding debt and balancing our budget.

The decisions facing our current Parish Council are not unlike the decisions which have been faced by many thousands of businesses and organizations in the past decade.  If these organizations wish to live past tough economic times, they need to make decisions which unfortunately affect the lives of their employees.  Those unwilling to make these decisions do not survive.  I support the decision to survive and thrive.

These economic decisions are far greater than any individual.  We all soon shall pass.  Our great community must survive. 

Our Parish Council did more for our priests than almost any organization facing tough economic times.  They offered them 60% of their current wage. Ask any of the millions of American workers who have been laid off of their jobs in the past decade if they would accept those terms.  My opinion is that almost all of them would take reduced salaries over being laid off.  Why do our employees feel they are any more special than any other worker who has been asked to do more for less? Or, worse yet, asked to leave their job for no pay?

As a funding member of this community, I recommend that we expect our employees to do their job for the pay we can afford to allocate to them.  It is completely their prerogative to show up to work and do their job.  If they choose not to do their job, they should not be paid a penny.  Period.

If they choose not to do their job, we must move on.  This will afford our community a fresh start.  As I understand it, these are pretty good jobs; even at 40% reduced salary. These are salaries many in our community would love to have.  This childish, petulant behavior must not be rewarded. 

Please stay strong in your decision. I, for one, support the Parish Council. 


Bill Paulos

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