Greek Orthodox

Dan Bammes

  The new

Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah

  The annual Greek Festival begins Friday at Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake.  It’s a fundraiser for the Greek Orthodox parish that also includes Prophet Elias Church in Holladay.  But that parish is no longer the only one serving the Greek Orthodox community on the Wasatch Front.

About 200 people attended the first worship service held by the new Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah last Sunday.  The hall at The Woods reception center could barely hold the crowd – not everyone got a seat.

Elaine Emmi

  The Greek Orthodox church has sanctioned a new mission parish in Salt Lake City. 

Back in April, about two dozen members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish decided to study options to resolve ongoing issues within the congregations.  The parish includes both Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake and Prophet Elias church in Holladay.

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  A group of parishioners at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Holladay are looking at future options for their church after a letter from the church’s national leadership asked them to suspend any talk about dividing the parish.

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  Some members of the Greek Orthodox parish in Salt Lake City are rejecting an effort from the church’s national leadership to settle some long-standing disputes.

Calling itself “Protect Our Clergy,” the group of about a dozen members says the plan proposed in a letter from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is not a viable one to restore peace and order in the parish.

  Members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish have received a letter from the national leadership of the church that hopes to resolve some of the issues that have divided the parish.

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A national newspaper serving the Greek community says the Greek Orthodox parish in Salt Lake City will not be divided. 

The National Herald reports the decision to keep the parish together was made at a meeting of church leaders in Denver last week.  The parish includes Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake City and Prophet Elias church in Holladay.

Elaine Emmi

  A petition asking the Greek Orthodox Archbishop to split Salt Lake City’s two Greek Orthodox churches into separate parishes is being circulated among some church members.

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  The worldwide head of the Greek Orthodox church has reportedly become involved in a long-standing dispute between the parishioners of Salt Lake City’s two churches and the church hierarchy.

Dan Bammes

  An ongoing dispute over church finances brought police to Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church last Sunday.

Members of the parish council that governs both the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake City and Prophet Elias church in Holladay have been trying to cut expenses by letting one of the three parish priests go.  The Greek Orthodox hierarchy has told the parish that the priests’ employment is its responsibility, and that conflict has divided parish members.

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  The gymnasium at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox church in Holladay was packed with hundreds of parish members on Sunday.  The general meeting was called to try and resolve the conflict that has kept the parish priests from holding regular services for most of the past month. 

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended most services after the parish council proposed a 40-percent pay cut for the priests.  Phil Floor, a church member who was at the meeting, says members showed a new willingness to step up their contributions to get the church out of its current financial troubles.

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  Members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish plan a general meeting later this month, hoping to straighten out some of the issues that have led to a suspension of church services.

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended services two weeks ago at the Holy Trinity cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias church in Holladay after the parish council imposed a pay cut for its three priests.

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  There will be no religious services at Salt Lake City’s two Greek Orthodox churches until a dispute between parish members and the church hierarchy can be worked out.  Prophet Elias church in Holladay and the Holy Trinity cathedral in downtown Salt Lake are both part of the same parish.  Lay leaders looking at a budget shortfall informed the parish’s three priests last week that their salaries would be cut by 40-percent.  Metropolitan Isaiah, the regional leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Denver, responded by saying t