We have taken what we feel to be a well-earned hiatus; a break also well-earned by the community at large. A fellow parishioner recently asked us about the "silence". Our reply was, "we were brought up not to kick someone when they were down."
In truth, we welcomed the initial e-mails circulated, indicating that those who disagreed with the majority in this community would seek to build their own church. We applauded such efforts. Such actions have been taken before in other communities throughout this country, and the results have been positive. The courage of these groups is admirable, and their determination, remarkable.
We are, however, dismayed to discover that the Orthodox Christian "Progressives" in this valley have now faltered on their original intent to build their own separate community. Once again, they seek, in spite of the decision of the hierarchy they claim to revere, to take over Prophet Elias GREEK Orthodox Church. (We emphasize "Greek" because there was never any doubt as to which Orthodox jurisdiction this particular church belongs.)
A final note… It is highly hypocritical and arrogant of these people to assume that they are the only "Christ-centered" among us. Further, these people, who would have us live under a medieval-style theocracy, are NOT progressives! Our church needs input from all: its hierarchy, its clergy, its laity. It's what our truly PROGRESSIVE, insightful and visionary forebears bequeathed to us! Anything less is NOT progressive; it's REGRESSIVE!