OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIMATE, DIOCESAN COUNCIL, BOARD OF TRUSTEES , CLERGY, AND DIOCESAN DELEGATES
Posted on February. 12. 2019
By now, you’ve all received
numerous letters, e-mails and phone calls from community leaders, major donors
and the community at large expressing their disagreement with the proposed sale
of the Diocesan building and the potential erection of a high rise. PERHAPS THE
SIMPLICITY OF MY POINTS IN THIS LETTER WILL HELP YOU MITIGATE THE ISSUE. *
PLEASE READ THE LETTER IN ITS ENTIRETY.
1. The survivors of the Armenian
Genocide who sacrificed for decades to raise money to build the Diocese and St.
Vartan Cathedral chose the block where both sit so that there wouldn’t be any
buildings overshadowing the cathedral/diocese.
2. Despite some repairs that
need to be made the Diocesan building is very sound regardless of allegations from those trying
to convince others into going along with their plan to sell it.
Diocese can also sell air rights without selling its property.
4. If the Diocese needs money
for repairs there are many avenues to raise/borrow the money without selling
the symbolic legacy of the survivors of the genocide.
5. Having some knowledge of
“the deal” there are also many reasons why knowledgeable people have referred
to it as “a bad deal”. It’s obvious that those promoting it haven’t availed
themselves of input from those with expertise.
HERE’S THE REALITY: The President,
Senators, and Congressmen are elected to promote the will of their
constituents, whether they agree with their positions or not, as should the
religious leaders of our church/churches, the Diocesan Council, the Board of
Trustees, and the Diocesan Delegates. They need to listen to the community who
is totally against the sale of our Diocese and should not promote the will of a
few. Everyone feels that there is a need for transparency and a review of other
avenues to monetize the Diocese. No Diocesan land should be sold and the
Diocesan Council shouldn’t turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the will of the
Armenian community – an unchristian and
an undemocratic mindset to say the least.
I hope that this plan is
abandoned before the relationship between the community and the aforementioned
representatives of our church is irreparably damaged. The ramifications of this
deal will also be devastating to our church for years to come. The church is
only a building without its parishioners.