“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


Saturday, November 9, 2013

The former anointed appointed might have a point regarding their observations if:

a) they remembered that during their dismal misrule the books were NOT open for anyone to inspect (a violation of the UPR they hold dear); this Parish Council has had them open for inspection at anytime by any parishioner.  In addition, upon inspection by the anointed appointed, they themselves found no improprieties.

b) while decrying audits of benevolent funds [which do fall under the purview of GAAP Accounting Standards under rule 501(c)(3) regardless of UPR paranoia] they fail to note that there were improprieties;  these are not "discretionary" funds to be used by the esteemed clergy for their family or individuals who are themselves signatories on the accounts they espouse untouchable. 

c) their claims for "unity", and adherence to the UPRs, ring hollow in view of their ongoing justification of a separate corporate identity for Prophet Elias only by a self elected, unauthorized group of parishioners; 

d) they applied the dearly held UPR uniformly during their misrule

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