The New Archbishop Brings Hope for Refocusing on our Cultural Hierarchy of Needs

(Photo by Eurokinissi/Yiannis Panagopoulos)

After about three years of prolonged introspection and rumors regarding the succession at the Archdiocese of America – the largest and arguably most significant eparchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – a new Archbishop has been elected, marking a new chapter in the life of the Greek-American Community and its local Church. The crisis that plagued the Archdiocese over the past few years has manifested itself in multiple sectors, including finances, the encumbrance of its administrative headquarters, the inability to complete …

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  1. this idea about Greek paideia needs to flourish in the US, as it is described in this article, overlooks at least two important points. First, most of the marriages in the GOA for at least a generation have overwhelming been of the “mixed”, where one of the spouses is not of Greek descent. It would be interesting to conduct a study to see the extent to which such families are involved in the church. Also, there are now 4th, 5th and probably even 6th generation Greek American families and they have been thoroughly Americanized and have little or no interest in learning Greek. Second, why, for all these years, has the GOA had to shoulder the responsibility of Greek schools? Sure, the parishes have readily available physical space, but what about support of a different nature. All these organizations that represent areas of Greece, national organizations, etc., do nothing to help but are, rather self-serving. The faith does not exist to foster any particular cultural heritage. The faith exists to save souls. It’s about time that becomes the priority.

  2. RE: “Cultural hierarchy of needs…”
    Source: Simply Psychology

    Hierarchy of needs is a concept that has entered into popular consciousness through the work of motivational psychologist Abraham Maslow who is credited with creating the “Maslow hierarchy of needs.”

    Maslow postulated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and that some needs take precedence over others. Our most basic need is for physical survival, and this will be the first thing that motivates our behavior. Once that level is fulfilled the next level up is what motivates us, and so on.

    There are two broad categories of needs:

    *Deficiency Needs arise due to deprivation and are said to motivate people when they are unmet. Also, the motivation to fulfill such needs will become stronger the longer the duration they are denied. For example, the longer a person goes without food, the more hungry they will become.

    Esteem is classified as a deficiency need. Esteem needs are: prestige and feeling of accomplishment. Growth needs do not stem from a lack of something, but rather from a desire to grow as a person. Once these growth needs have been reasonably satisfied, one may be able to reach the highest level called self-actualization.

    It appears that the main thing that Elpidophoros is selling is a fix for a perceived deficiency in Esteem: Hellenism-Nationalism. For Elpidophoros this is the panacea for all the ills of the Greek Orthodox Church worldwide.

    1. *Growth Needs: Growth needs do not stem from a lack of something, but rather from a desire to grow as a person. Once these growth needs have been reasonably satisfied, one may be able to reach the highest level called self-actualization.

      Sadly, Elpidophoros has said nothing on how he will help his spiritual children achieve self-actualization through living out the Life in Christ. He wants to Make Greeks Greek Again (This would look great on a blue baseball cap with white lettering!), but that is not the path to Orthodox Christian self-actualization.

    2. Interesting points but I suggest that GOA isn’t a church, it’s a criminal conspiracy. Hellenism, like terrorism, is a tool for fear and control. The hierarchs are bullies and they are used to bullying priests and Laity. Hellenism is a code word for behavioral control. Truly, truly, this new GOA administration is diabolical and needs to register as Foreign Agents of Greece and Turkey.

  3. Tripoulas’s ignorance of the purpose of a church and the role and responsibility of the bishop-hierarch is stunning and scary. Imagine ! Hellenism as God, in his world. Why doesn’t Archnothing ElpiDoody just roll out Zeus and Poseidon and take down the Cross and icons. Replace Theotokos with a statue of Athena. Come on, guy! Get serious about your Hellenism! What’s next? The Athenian Man-Boy Eros? I am so OVER these losers and want true change.

    Please Lord, grant my prayer.

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