A word of thanks to his Eminence Metropolitan Philip

Earlier this year the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops (SCOBA) put forth a statement on Disability and Communion, which is listed first on the blogroll to the right on this site: SCOBA Statement.

Since his Eminence’s favorite charity is Al-Kafaat (Abilities, in Arabic) in Lebanon, which educates people with disabilities toward vocations and productive lives in society, and also considering his support for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Teen SOYO’ Special Olympics ministry, I think it would be safe to assume that he must have had a substantial role in the development of the SCOBA statement (Disability and Communion).

And for this we thank you, your Eminence.

This year at the Parish Life Conference of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic, Metropolitan Philip, as he was proceeding toward the doors to our Conference sanctuary, stopped and stood before me. It would have been fitting and proper for me to greet him, but I stood there tongue-tied. Writing comes easily to me, but speaking does not. Still, it was boorish, and I regret my silence. But now, belatedly, I would like to express my appreciation for him and all he does for us, including the statement Disability and Communion.

Also, I would add a thank you to His Grace Bishop Thomas for his blessing to proceed with this website. Thank you, your Grace.


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