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.
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.
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.
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.
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