SCOBA’s “Disability and Communion”

From the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, June 25, 2009:

Disability and Communion: Embracing People with Disabilities within the Church

from the SCOBA website: http://www.scoba.us/articles/disability-communion.html 

Commentary

– The statement touches the bases that need to be touched. It lays out what we should be doing. But it will be up to our God loving bishops, together with our spiritual fathers the parish priests to fully implement these recommendations. And I realize that not every Parish, especially those with old, traditional buildings, are in a good position to make the extensive changes that would make them fully accessible.  But sacrifice is what we are about, right? The real work here is personal acceptance and creatively developing roles in Church life for people with disabilities, so that they are not on the periphery, marginal to our life together. May God help us in this.  William Gall

– Posted on the Orthodox Church in America’s web page, with a brief introductory commentary and some concluding discussion questions: http://oca.org/resource-handbook/parishdevelopment/disability-and-communion 

– Posted on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA’s website: http://www.ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_090921_1.html

– Commentary in Disabilities, Baptism, and Communion, by Father Ernesto Obregon: http://www.orthocuban.com/2009/10/disabilities-baptism-and-communion/ 

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