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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


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


Perceiving the World in a Fundamentally Different Way

EurekAlert! People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

Those with chronic anxiety have a hard time distinguishing between safe and threatening stimuli: what they perceive and how they evaluate and classify it. This could be an encounter with another person in a crowd; it could be a piece of information that has been received; it could be a news article. 

“. . . when it comes to emotional experiences, [anxious persons] show a behavioral phenomenon known as over-generalization, the researchers say.  . . . .

‘Anxiety traits can be completely normal.  . . . Yet an emotional event, even minor sometimes, can induce brain changes that might lead to full-blown anxiety,” says  Rony Paz of Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

EurekAlert! “The Global Source for Science News”



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




SBSK: “Normalizing the Diversity of the Human Condition.”

 *SBSK* More and more, I’m discovering that stories hit home, while mere information is often just deposited in the head. This website is not a Church site, but the stories that are told show forth how all people are made in the image of God. As descriptive words go, the word “special” has used up it’s shelf life in regard to people with disabilities; what is desired is not to be seen as special, but as a person like everyone else. While the title of this organization does begin the focus on the special, the home page reveals that the actual goal is to see everyone as normal (normalization)! For Orthodox Christians, to acknowledge that despite the great variety of peoples in the world, all are made in the image of God.

And while Orthodox Christians cannot affirm that all lifestyles are normal as the folks at SBSK are willing to do, we are committed to refraining from passing judgement on any person, as that is for the all-wise Lord to do at the proper time which He will choose. We are all in process. 

And these short video stories illustrate the value of people of disabilities who are also in process.

To access:

Special Books by Special Kids



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