Welcoming persons with disabilities into the Orthodox Church

The Body of Christ: A Place of Welcome for People with Disabilities, by John Chryssavgis  (Light and Life, 2002)

Abba Agathon and the Angel

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 in the booklet from the Saying of the Desert Fathers about Abba Agathon and his encounter with a person with disabilities: St. Nektarios Monastery: Examples of True Love

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.

About the Author

To order from Light & Life

Icon from  Orthodox Road: Heresy and Heretics, Part 2

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