From: dutikow To: dutikow Subject: FW: LETTER TO THE CHURCH COUNCIL OF HOLY TRINITY, ASTORIA Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:04:40 -0400
From: snezana _____ [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:43 PM To: undisclosed-recipients: Subject: LETTER TO THE CHURCH COUNCIL OF HOLY TRINITY, ASTORIA
To the: Respected Members of the Board of the Church of Holy Trinity,
Could you help me understand what is going on?
I came to this parish in 2001. A wise friend told me that by leaving the Synod [the 2007, unionist ROCOR/MP - R.D.] we were creating a schism. But I firmly believed in staying in the original ROCA and away from the Moscow Patriarchate.
there is talk of creating a new church. I don’t understand what the
reasons for this are. Nobody has ever explained to us, members of the
parish, why this is necessary. What is wrong with the old church, father
Wsewolod’s church? What is wrong with Metropolitan Agathangel? Even
after going to parish meetings, people don’t know the answers to these
We have learned from the internet that the
Metropolitan has said insulting things about two members of the Board. I
am very sorry about that. Nobody should be insulted, but do we have to
go into schism because of it? Do we, members of this parish, have to
risk our souls because of a personal conflict?
Does the Board,
who are lay people chosen to do service for the Church, have the right
to rule the Church and cause changes in the Church hierarchy? Choose
another bishop? Bar the appointed priest from entering the altar and
serving liturgy? Take the Metropolitan to court? Forbid him to enter the
And ultimately, are lay people allowed to make all these
decisions about the Church? It happened in Soviet Russia, but it did not
work out well for the Church. If the canons and the Church hierarchy
are not respected, then we are only a company, a corporation, more like a
grocery store than a spiritual entity.
Would you kindly respond in English, for there are a few people who do not speak Russian; I am one of them.