Published November 27, 2012
accessibility , development , families
Here is a description of a resource for both parents and teachers seeking to bolster their children’s education. There is also a link to a site which addresses the training of teachers. Students with disabilities, gifted students, and other student populations which face special challenges can find help at this site.
St. Stephen the Protomartyr
Remembering the Shut-Ins and the Hospitalized
“St. Stephen’s is a caring community of Orthodox Christians. When one of our members is hospitalized or unable to attend services because of health or disability, we are not a whole community. But for parishioners to reach out to their fellow parishioners, they need to know who those parishioners are. Please make Fr. Victor or anyone on Parish Council aware of anyone who is hospitalized, ill, or a shut in, so that the information may be shared within the parish.”
from St. Stephen’s Orthodox Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
from the Crafty Contemplative
Orthodox Christians take the imperative “pray constantly” very seriously, and rejoicing and giving thanks are aspects of it.
John Sanidopoulos two years ago in his weblog addressed the United States of America’s Thanksgiving holiday in terms of it’s appropriation by Orthodox Christians. He briefly gives a history of Thanksgiving in America and a summary of our way of participation in it, as well as a number of resources which also address Thanksgiving. One of them is the Akathist of Thanksgiving which has been shared here every Thanksgiving since this weblog has existed. To access the post: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/11/orthodox-christians-and-thanksgiving.html
And recently, Fr Stephen Freeman put Thanksgiving in Orthodox Christian perspective with his post “A Life of Thanksgiving“ on his weblog Glory to God for All Things: http://glory2godforallthings.com/2012/11/11/a-life-of-thanksgiving/
The Akathist of Thanksgiving: http://preachersinstitute.com/2010/11/25/the-akathist-of-thanksgiving/
Among the grants given by this Orthodox Christian family is one to the Metropolis of Chicago, which funded a new ministry for children with disabilities, entitled,
“PICK UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME”
On Saturday October 30, 2010 this ministry held it’s first retreat, entitled “The Liturgy through Your Senses.” The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago published a document which describes the day of the retreat. To Access: Pick up your cross.doc
As further news of this ministry comes out, it will be shared here.
This a very popular Russian Orthodox Christian blog and the author has categorized “disabilities.” And so one gets a “peek” into one Russian Orthodox Christian’s approach to persons with disabilities. And it will be a big peek; the pictures are huge. Here’s the site: