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 (ĭ-klē′zhē-ə, -zē-ə)
n. pl. ec·cle·si·ae (-zhē-ē′, -zē-ē′)
1. The political assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state.
a. A church or congregation.
b. The collective body of Christian believers regarded as constituting a universal church.

[Latin ecclēsia, from Greek ekklēsiā, from ekkalein, to summon forth : ek-, out; see ecto- + kalein, klē-, to call; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -siae (-zɪˌiː)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in formal Church usage) a congregation
2. (Historical Terms) the assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call]
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(ɪˈkli ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n., pl. -si•ae (-ʒiˌi, -ziˌi)
1. an assembly, esp. the popular assembly of ancient Athens.
2. a congregation; church.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek ekklēsía assembly]
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In the year 507 B.C., the Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms that he called demokratia, or 'rule by the people.' This system was comprised of three separate institutions: the ekklesia, a sovereign governing body that wrote laws and dictated foreign policy; the boule, a council of representatives from the 10 Athenian tribes; and the dikasteria, the popular courts in which citizens argued cases before a group of lottery-selected jurors.
"Rather, I want to articulate ekklesia as a discipleship of equals that can make present the basileia, the alternative world of justice and well-being intended by the life-giving power of G-d as reality and vision in the midst of the death-dealing powers of patriarchal oppression and dehumanization." (9) Schussler Fiorenza thinks the discipleship of equals must be that of basileia discipleship.
"Church" is the word we use to translate the Greek word "ekklesia," which originally had the meaning of an assembly called together by a secular authority.
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Dr Ansah said these in his remarks at the KEN's Ekklesia Roundtable Serious (ERS) 2018, aimed at promoting effective governance within and among churches, para-churches and the society as a whole.
Three main institutions are created with that aim: the popular assembly, open to all citizens ("Ekklesia"); the senate, drawn by lot to run the daily affairs of the city ("Boule"); and the supreme court ("Heliaia").
Peter now holds the authority of the Church, ekklesia, that the Lord will build.
They are their own distinct ekklesia or God's assembly with its own mission, order and authority.
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