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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


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

from The Quest for Healing- alternative medicine effective for a daughter on the Autism Spectrum

From The Quest for Healing (A blog/podcast by an Orthodox Christian mother who has a son with autism/down syndrome) 

Ep 4- Ashley Turner, ND: On Her Daughter’s Healing from GI Dysfunction and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part I)

Dr. Ashley Turner and Dr. Kevin Turner’s practice on Facebook: restorativechiro 

from the page of YOU MEE: HEALING-IN-THE-RAIN (see license below)

 the introduction to the podcast episode:

In this episode, [see below] we discuss:

The onset of her daughter’s symptoms and the consequences of using MiraLAX for her

How she and her husband pivoted to functional medicine to help their daughter

Using diet as a foundational component of healing

How the gut and brain are intimately connected

Ideas for removing environmental toxins within your control

The types of detoxification that helped her daughter heal

MTHFR and why it’s important to look for signs of gene expression rather than relying solely on genetic testing

The importance of healing gradually

The resilience of kids in healing

Listen on itunes:

 Part 1: Ashley Turner, ND: On her daughter’s healing

Follow The Quest for Healing for Parts 2, 3,  . . .

License for picture: license


Special Needs Moms

I just finished the short book The Child Who Never Grew” (with reviews and ratings on the Goodreads website) by Pearl Buck, who won both

Pearl Buck receiving the Nobel Prize from the King of Sweden

the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for her writings. She was the mother of a mentally challenged daughter, and the book is a memoir of her experience of this aspect of her life.  She writes of events in the early 20th Century, a different and darker era for the Special Needs community, but with feelings that are universal for those in a similar situations. Pearl Buck was a gifted and driven person, and the experience was very difficult for her.

Following the same theme, Katherine Paulson has written a post  in her weblog Without a Crystal Ball: Raising a Child with Special Needs

Here’s the post: Why Special Needs Moms Don’t Fit In

I’m sure some of you will be able to relate to both of these writings.



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


“We Are All Children of God:” October 14, 2017 at Kansasville, Wisconsin

Mark your calendars. To enroll(ENTRY FORM)



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