Here is a ministry, based on an Eastern Orthodox Christian paradigm, for the healing of the soul, our individual souls as well as our collective one, based in Kansas City: Reconciliation Services: http://www.rs3101.org/
Here is there Mission statement:
The mission of Reconciliation Services is to promote personal and community healing throughout Kansas City by treating each person as the image of God.
Also see their Vision, Purpose, and Social Teaching: http://www.rs3101.org/mission.html
Especially take note of their Profiles in Compassion: http://www.rs3101.org/profiles.html
St. Basil the Great is profiled currently in Building the New City: St. Basil’s Social Vision, by Fr. Paul Schroeder. In the archives accessible at the bottom of the page there are also profiles on St. Martin of Tours, St. John the Merciful, and St. Philaret the Almsgiver.
In the interests of reconcilation between the black and white communities of Kansas City contingent to the physical dividing line between them, Troost Avenue, St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church was instrumental in the development of the Troost Festival. Here are some pictures, a video, a radio discussion, and more, concerning this Festival:
Radio Discussion: http://archive.kcur.org/kcurViewDirect.asp?PlayListID=6541
I found a wonderfully personal blog by an Orthodox Christian homeschooling mom who has lots of children; one of them has a disability (as well as many abilities!)
This is where divine-human socialization (or, more properly, Theosis) happens- the Orthodox Christian family. This is where loving parents, by the grace and energies of God, self-sacrificially rise to the challenge of seeing a child, with all his or her strengths and weaknesses, through to adulthood toward true personhood in Christ. And here is one family in which this is happening:
Also, meet Miriam: http://thoughtsfromtheothersideofthemountain.blogspot.com/search?q=Miriam
Miriam’s growth in Christ and my growth in Christ and all our growth together towards theosis in Christ is of ultimate significance. And we must attend to the how, and this mother is giving us the privilege of seeing how their family is proceeding in Christ.
Thank you, Mairs!
When I began this weblog I lamented the fact that there did not seem to be (as far as I could see, searching online) any networks uniting Orthodox Christians in coordinated social action, in which our collective expertize and resources could be pooled together to increase the effectiveness of our efforts. I found no web pages where I could find resources on disability, for instance. With the encouragement of Fr. Ted Pulcini, and the blessing of His Grace Bishop Thomas, I created this blog as a way to begin filling that gap.
But now it is clear that the gap is being addressed. Praise the Lord, His Church is on the move! Take a look:
Orthodox Diaconia http://www.iocc.org/orthodoxdiakonia/index.php?id=p7
Focus North America: Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/
The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America’s introduction to Focus North America http://www.antiochian.org/node/19146
I for one am greatly heartened at these initiatives. Let us water these newly planted trees, that they may bear good fruit!
(from Father Stephen Tsichlis’ “Children with Special Needs and the Orthodox Christian Family”)
This excellent article can be accessed at http://www.stpaulsirvine.org/html/specialneeds.htm
Father Stephen begins by a realistic assessment of the challenges that a family and their parish family members face can face, especially inwardly, in coping with a person with a serious disability. He puts forth a thought that requires some reflection:
We must learn the discipline of silence until a compassionate Christian response is possible in our part.
He concludes on a hopeful note, with a brief story that illustrates a a loving response by an Orthodox Church parish family to a person with a disability.
And a great way to follow up the reading of this article would be to buy and read the booklet, The Body of Christ: A place of welcome for people with disabilites by Father John Chryssavgis: http://www.light-n-life.com/shopping/order_product.asp?ProductNum=BODY500
(And, of course, prayerfully putting it into practice!)
Dr. Busigina, a Russian Orthodox psychiatrist, is interviewed concerning her work of love with people who have mental illnesses. She speaks concerning the development of trust, of calming fearful patients, of how laypeople can responding lovingly to persons with mental illness, of situations of psychosis and/or demonic possession, and many other practical matters in regard to coping with mental illness and relating to persons with mental illness.
And she prays “Let God arise . . .,” at times, “when people are very distressed.”
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Published May 6, 2009
Christ , development , families , vision
Christ is risen!
We have come to the merry, merry month of May, continuing our celebration of the Paschal Light and the renewal which Christ’s Resurrection and victory over sin and death brings to our lives. The 50 day Paschal season culminates in the feast of Pentecost and the remembrance and realization of the Holy Spirit’s entrance into our lives. Winter has yielded to springtime; summer and autumn harvests lie ahead, on earth and in our lives.
And may sin be left behind, which would reintroduce the deathly chill of spiritual winter! Sadly, this almost always happens, doesn’t it?.
But this cycle will broken one Day; the Lord Jesus Christ will come and call us into His glorious Presence. May the Lord find us prepared!
Fr. George Morelli has a word for us on spiritual winter yielding to spiritual spring:
Spiritual Winter – Spiritual Spring: http://www.antiochian.org/node/19081
and at the end of his meditation one can access more of his offerings, such as . . .
Assertiveness and Christian Charity
Smart Marriage XV: Ensnared by mindless helping