Welcoming People With Disabilities
Published September 10, 2010
Christ , Church , development , families , gifts , inspiration , patristic , prayer , stories , vision
On the Blogroll on the right side of this site (this way >>) which is in alphabetical order, scroll down to WelcomingPeopleWithDisabilities, where you will find the pamphlet The Body of Christ. It is an order form for . . .
The Body of Christ: A place of welcome for people for people with disabilites by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
For an introduction, as well as ordering information on this booklet, click on: http://www.light-n-life.com/shopping/order_product.asp?ProductNum=BODY500
How we as the members of the Body of Christ may proceed to welcome persons with disabilities is summed up in those 15 pages. He speaks of the Church as Communion, the realities of disability, the gifts of people with disabilities, the centrality of the Cross and our inter-dependence, the physical and emotional burdens on families that calls for our support. There is an inspiring story from the Saying of the Desert Fathers about Abba Agathon and his encounter with a person with disabilities. Fr. John writes,
“Whenever I reflect on persons with disabilities, I think primarily of persons, not of disabilities.”
This booklet is a wonderful place to begin to orient oneself to the opportunities persons with disabilities present to every Church community. Every Orthodox Christian Parish should have a copy.
Also by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis: Ministry, Disability, and Brokenness: Orthodox Insights Into the Authority of the Priesthood https://acrobat.com/#d=UqHHgXZQJDcVf9aPoqBr5w
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Fire and Light: Aspects of the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Light and Life Publications, Minneapolis MN, 1987.
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The World My Church (with Sophie Chryssavgis), David Lovell Publishing, Melbourne, 1990. Reprinted with changes by Holy Cross Press, Boston MA, 1998. Five printings to date.
The Desert is Alive: Dimensions of Australian Spirituality, Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, 1990. Second Printing 1993.
Repentance and Confession, Holy Cross Press, Boston MA, 1990. Second Printing 1996. Third printing 1998.
Love, Sexuality, and Marriage, Holy Cross Press, Boston MA, 1996. Second printing 1998.
The Way of the Fathers: Exploring the Mind of the Church Fathers, Analecta Vlatadon, Thessalonika, 1998. [Out of print]
Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Ecological World View, Light and Life Books, Minneapolis MN, 1999.
Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction, Holy Cross Press, Boston MA, 2000. Second printing 2002.
In the Footsteps of Christ: the ascetic teaching of Abba Isaiah of Scetis, SLG Press, Oxford UK, 2001. [With P.R.Penkett]
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The Way of the Fathers: Exploring the Mind of the Church Fathers, Light and Life Books, Minneapolis MN, 2003
Light through Darkness: Insights into Orthodox Spirituality, Orbis Press: Maryknoll; and Darton Longman and Todd: London, 2004
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list from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Chryssavgis