This from St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, CA, whose Pastor is Father Stephen Tsichlis, who wrote “Children with Special Needs and the Orthodox Christian Family” (accessible at http://www.stpaulsirvine.org/html/specialneeds.htm ) which is in the Church School section and was also posted on April 12, 2007:
Saint Paul’s is beginning a new class for children who are unable to participate in the regular Sunday School classes, due to autism or some other disability. Children who learn differently, and children with unique sensory abilities deserve religious education too! This class will present concepts to them on their terms so that they can get the most out of it – their way. . . .
(for the rest, click on the website above, then Church School, then scroll to the bottom to Church School Class at St. Paul’s for children with Autism)
St. Paul wrote:
“[. . .] but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable, [. . .] God has so composed the body [. . .] that there be no discord in the body, but that the members have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:21-22, 24-26. RSV)
Here is the Parish website (a most excellent one!): http://www.stpaulsirvine.org/ And here is the Church School page where the announcement appeared: http://www.stpaulsirvine.org/html/ChurchSchool.htm