Archive for the 'Church' Category

Dr. Eric Carter: Creating a sense of belonging for Children and Adults with Disabilities

NOTE: Dr. Eric Carter is not affiliated with LDS or Brigham Young University; he first studied at Wheaton College and now is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. He has concentrated his efforts toward the inclusion of people with disability in Churches, and while not an Orthodox Christian, has a lot of good insights that could be put into practice in Orthodox Christian Parishes. The following resource is fairly short and simple, summarizing the major themes he has found to be most helpful:

Ten simple ways to create a sense of belonging for children and adults with disabilities


Also, one of the many of Dr. Carter’s Presentations on You Tube. This one of the shorter ones:


Here are some other resources he has placed online which go into the details of these themes:

Putting faith and job seekers with disabilities to work

(Gal 5:6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.)

One of Dr. Eric Carter’s Books:

Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations

Bio: Dr. Eric Carter Also: His Faith Ability Page

Supporting The Expression of Spirituality For Persons with Intellectual Disabilities:


From the Transfiguration Brotherhood: Church Life for People with Limited Capacities

There is a movement within the Russian Orthodox Church, the Transfiguration Brotherhood, initiated by Father Georgy  Kochetkov, who is

 The Transfiguration, from      Wikimedia Commons

also the Rector of St. Philaret’s Christian Orthodox Institute. The Brotherhood has members in Russia and also in other countries as well, both men and women. Local brotherhood communities are formed for, in their words, 

. . . . Bible studies and prayer meetings held at home, where they may also discuss pressing church and personal matters. Members of the Brotherhood share Eucharistic worship and agape meals (prayerful meals of love and thanksgiving). Members of the Brotherhood are involved in the life of many parishes and seek to build relationships with Christians in other cities and countries.

Their webpage-  The Transfiguration Brotherhood  (see their About Us page). and their Facebook page

This Brotherhood has also given consideration to persons with disabilities. See the post below for details; it is very good, and not long at all:

Gathered Together for One and the Same Purpose: It is important for members of the church community to regard those with limited capabilities as brothers, sisters and friends, rather than as ‘objects in need of assistance

John Swinton: Taking Seriously the Body of Jesus

Disability theology: Taking Seriously the Body of Jesus 

by John Swinton (a professor of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland

I find two main themes in this article by Dr. Swinton to be very pertinent, very central to our life together with people who have disabilities:

  1. A reminder that knowledge pertains to the body, and not only to the mind.
  2. The harmonious working together of the Body of Christ- all members, including those with disabilities- is “the heart of the Gospel.” 

Books by John Swinton, the majority of which relate to persons with disabilities: Goodreads: John Swinton’s Books

Here’s one of them: Goodreads: Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems, by John Swinton

St. Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus, and it’s ministries

The Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent

A Convent in Minsk, Belarus, serving people in need and producing icons and handicrafts of the finest quality

How You Can Make a Difference by Visting the Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent

An opportunity to receive and to give for the support of their ministries

The Ministries of St. Elisabeth Convent 

A Woman’s Rehabilitation Center, a Men’s Rehabilitation Center, Two Holy Temples for Christian worship, a Sunday School, and . . .

A Boarding Home No. 3 for Adults With Special Needs and . . .

A Boarding Home for Children With Special Needs


Their Workshops:

An icon painting workshop, a lacquered icon workshop, an icon casing workshop;

A crushed semi-precious stone workshop, a non-ferrous metals workshop, a gold embroidery workshop;

A ceramics workshop, a textile & felting workshop, a sewing workshop;

And a stained glass workshop. 

from Summer Card: A Church Bag for your kids with Autism

From the You Tube page of Summer Kinard

Feel free to explore Summer Kinard’s page (in orange, above) 

Here’s her blog: Summer Kinard: Writing Like A Mother

Charlotte Riggle’s Blog and Books

Charlotte Riggle is an Orthodox Christian writer. There’s a lot of helpful information in her posts and writings for people with disabilities, their families, and their friends.

          St. Nicholas of Myra

Here are some examples of her posts which touch on the lives of persons with disabilities:  

There are also many reviews of newly published children’s books in her blog. Here’s Charlotte Riggle’s home page and her two children’s books:

Home Page:  Charlotte Riggle  

Books: Catherine’s Pascha & The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Shop: Books, Gifts, and Embroidery Patterns

Now available from the National Braille Press : Three Orthodox Christian Books in Braille

 From the Website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:

Braille Alphabet

Archbishop Demetrios Visits National Braille Press, Receives First Copies of Books for Orthodox Ever Published in Braille

The three books:

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

 My Orthodox Prayer book

Speaking to God

Rev. Dr. Anton Vrame, Director of the Department of Religious Education, which worked with the Braille Press to create the three books, noted that these three books were selected because they could assist the blind Orthodox Christian in his or her personal interior spiritual and devotional life.

To order:

The Orthodox Marketplace: Braille




Blog Stats

  • 114,292 hits
March 2018
« Feb    

%d bloggers like this: