“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

Thoughts from the Former Anointed Appointed Regarding this Year's General Assembly

Our Parish Council “leadership” is at it again, and again your help is needed.

The Parish Council has published a proposed budget that is clearly crafted to eliminate our clergy and will ultimately lead to conflict with our Hierarchs and again result in the closing of our Churches.

These blatant attempts to turn our Christian Parish into a country club have been made even more apparent by the recent public statements of some councilmen who have advocated leaving the Archdiocese and openly admitted that their prime motivation for being on the Council is to remove our clergy.

They have made little effort to alleviate the problems of the Parish and in fact are suggesting a reduction in Stewardship to levels comparable to 1998! 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.

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