the Congregational Accessibility Network’s Orthodox Christian Page

The developer of this site, Paul Liechty, knew one of the directors of Friendship Community, Milt Stoltzfus, the Christian group home provider my wife and I work with, and asked me to help him with their Orthodox Christian page. And I suggested some others who might be more qualified to advise him. So if you see anything questionable, let me know, and I will pass it along.

They are Mennonites. My wife grew up Mennonite, and I was a member for nine years with her, until we discovered Orthodox Christianity. We did not leave because we were disgruntled. Speaking for myself, my experience with them is that they sincerely seek to express “faith working through love” according to their interpretation of the Holy Scriptures (minus the Apocrypha), though not according to Holy Tradition.

To what degree can we work with other groups on disability issues? We can hear their stories, and learn from the good ones. Beyond that, of course, is up to our God-loving bishops.

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3 Responses to “the Congregational Accessibility Network’s Orthodox Christian Page”

  1. 1 Elizabeth December 22, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    The response to your question – how much can you work with them – will depend upon your spiritual father, your confessor. The problem could arise of too much exposure to the Mennonite philosophy, and a gradual retreat from Orthodoxy. I’ve seen this happen. So do work with your confessor on this question.


    • 2 armsopenwide December 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Well, we were working for this predominantly Protestant group home system- Friendship Community- before we were chrismated into the Orthodox Church. and still do. Father Peter has never suggested we need to quit. There is generally a better moral atmosphere there than in the secular agencies in our field. When we first visited the Church, a co-worker was there and was a reader in the parish; he is now a monk at St. Gregory Palamas in Hayesville, Ohio. And now another co-worker is a catechumen.
      I believe the bishops have spoken about cooperation in relief efforts and charities, but I know the rescue mission in nearby Lancaster, PA which is run by Protestant Evangelicals and their theology is different from ours, and those who go there for rehabilitation must work with churches other than the local Orthodox Church (I know a specific case.)
      So there are real barriers to cooperation, I know.
      I would add that the local Orthodox Church has had an Orthodox-Mennonite dialogue for a number of years. This had its origins in three Mennonite pastors who were inquiriers into Orthodox Christianity, Over the years, each one became Orthodox. And there are others now. Some Mennonites come to convert us, but nothing has ever come of that.


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