“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, November 7, 2013

Reaching Back to Go Forward: Looking Back to the Previous Century and Saying: OXI!

Instead of promoting Christ’s love, unifying the community and taking positive forward thinking steps, this “leadership” intends to pull us back into the previous century. (from a recent e-mail to various community members from Protect our Clergy)

You bet we do!

The leaders from the previous century were MEN! Men with vision, men with stamina, men who did not cower if a so-inclined priest or bishop cast a cross glance!

Men who knew that a modicum of control had to reside with the laity. Men who knew that clerics and hierarchs, however well intended, were, after all human beings, with human failings.

The former anointed appointed would have us cow to a set of regulations that have us at the mercy of a group of human beings who may be destined for sainthood, or, be a series of Rasputins. Our grandfathers would NOT take that chance. Neither should we!

Even if it means reaching back into the prior century, to a group of immigrants who did not have our education or our advantages, we should heed their wisdom and say, "OXI".

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