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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


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. 


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”



From the Ministry of St. Elizabeth Convent in Belarus

To access website:

Ministry of St.Elisabeth Convent: Children with special needs make icons of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Children from the boarding school for children with special needs and the convent’s studio “Anyolak” prepared an exhibition of drawings “A gift to St. John” devoted to the feast day of St. John of Shanghai San Francisco.  

From The Catalog of Good Deeds posted by Nun Elena (Strashinova) July, 2017 St. Elisabeth Convent





The Worthwhile Lives of Persons with a Disability (disabilities)

The website:


Live On!

This is a disability website celebrating life. Even with all the challenges people with disabilities face. A happy, fulfilling, . . . . incredible life. 

No matter what some narrow-minded people in our society think.

The creators of this web page, who are disabled themselves, are up front about the more difficult challenges: the bullying of young people, the institutionalization of adults. Their goal is to reach those who are discouraged, despondent, even despairing, and those with suicidal thoughts through a series of short, powerful videos in which persons with a disabilities overcome their obstacles and establish a meaningful life. Valuable resources are also provided toward this goal.

A photographer of note:

River Bend Galleries


Pertinent posts from the Not Dead Yet website: 
Disabililty Rights Organizations Issue Statement Opposing Assisted Suicide Laws and Supporting Health Care
Statement of Solidarity in Observance of Suicide Prevention Month
Disability Rights Toolkit for Advocacy Against the Legalization of Assisted Suicide


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