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Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped round him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 'Lord, do you wash my feet? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. Jesus is also totally inclusive. In fact, for his time, he was absolutely revolutionary in whom He welcomed: infectious people Mark ; disabled people the Gospels are peppered with stories of His disability ministry ; adulterers John ; social outcasts Mark ; foreigners Matthew ; women Luke His life was reinforced by his teaching; in the Sermon on the Mount He turned the world's values upside down and declared blessed those whom society considered cursed.

Jesus recognised that God's profoundest communication came not in words to the minds of the wise:. At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, 'I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Luke Or, as the Amplified Bible renders it, not "little children" , but " the childish, unskilled, and untaught". Those of us who work with people with intellectual disabilities observe that they are frequently quicker to hear from God than the rest of us. They are often seen as foolish in the eyes of this world, but are wise towards God. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

If people with intellectual disabilities represent the foolishness of the world, what hinders our viewing them as embodying the wisdom of God? This suggests that seen from an eternal perspective we should revise our whole view of disability. We who thought we had the advantages in life — the strong, the clever, the ones the world regards as 'gifted' — find that on a spiritual level we can be severely disabled compared to our brothers and sisters who lack those intellectual giftings, but whose spiritual life can be marked by abilities and giftings we never suspected.

So, as a Christian community, whether an organisation, a church or a Christian Union, what can we do to ensure that the status of disabled people that we find in the Bible is worked out among God's people today? The first thing is to approach disabled people with humility, in the way that the Bible instructs us to approach everyone:.

For by the grace given to me I say to every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.

Matthew Crucially, we must allow disabled people to use their gifts to serve us, the church and the community:. Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians The Christian disability charity ' Through the Roof ' recently completed a survey [6] of disabled people's experience of church.

One thing that emerged is that among the disabled Christian community there is such a wealth of spiritual wisdom and maturity, we can only ask why more of them are not represented in church leadership. We must treat disabled people with more, not less, respect and honour. As we have seen, they are to be given pride of place at the feast table Luke and treated with greater honour 1 Corinthians :.

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honour to whom honour is owed. I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals — those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted.

Amos Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, 'Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah We must go beyond mere inclusion. Disabled people don't simply need to be included although that's a good starting place — they need to belong. And in the church, of all places, there must be no 'them and us'. John Swinton explains this distinction very clearly:. The problem we have with society is a real emphasis — and a quite right emphasis — on inclusion. I think at one level that's fine. However, inclusion is simply not enough. To include people in society is just to have them there.

All we have to do is make the church accessible, have the right political structures, make sure people have a cup of tea at the end of the service or whatever. There is a big difference between inclusion and belonging. To belong, you have to be missed. There's something really, really important about that.

People need to long for you, to want you to be there. When you're not there, they should go looking for you. When things are wrong, people should be outraged — absolutely outraged that people are doing things against people with disabilities. We are the body of Christ, and so we should do everything that Christ's body did when He was here on earth.

Where disabled people are concerned we should touch, embrace and love them as He did. Even after His ascension, Jesus gives us an astounding but clear example of physical love in action. In Revelation 1 the risen and ascended Lord appeared to John, His closest earthly friend. John saw him clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.

In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. So awesome was the sight that John fell at his feet as though dead. And then Jesus did something truly remarkable.

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This towering figure placed His right hand on John. The only way He could have done so is by getting right down there in the dust and dirt where John lay. May we be willing to go to where disabled people are and be right there with them, touching them and showing God's love and care. Eerdmans, What's the most important thing your church could do for you? What do you wish your church would allow you to do for them? What positive benefits does your disability add to your relationship with God? A summary of the findings is available here. With transgender issues raising difficult questions, this book from Vaughan Roberts offers a helpful introduction.

Is there such a thing as the 'self'? Who am I? An historical and Biblical perspective on understanding the self and human identity. When the police went to his home, it was discovered that he had shot and killed his own mother before he went to the school. Adam and his mother belonged to the local Catholic parish, but not much has been written concerning their involvement there.

Isolation does not come without consequence. If it becomes impossible for even the family to come, unofficial ex-communication results. In his epistle to the Romans, the apostle Paul exhorts that community to consider this: But now indeed there are many members yet one body. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our presentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Romans Matthew, St. John Chrysostom says that, in order to please God, we should be supportive of our neighbor, in whom we see Jesus Christ. What I do know, however, is that He shouldn't. Children deserve to be born with all their faculties and with all their abilities. All children deserve to be healthy. Those who come into the world with mental handicaps are, of course, beautiful children, the equal of every healthy child, deserving of infinite love, equality and rights.

Indeed, given their special needs they require more of our love, more of our attention. What they do not deserve, however, and what they certainly have never earned, is our contemptuous effort to justify their suffering and their challenges by ascribing them to some unknown and lofty divine purpose. As mentioned earlier, historically the disabled have been seen as weak and dispensable to society — or as a detriment. Marred as it might be by sin, they are image bearers for eternity.

So was Adam Lanza, and that is what makes his life matter. As Christians, it is our imperative to make statements like this end differently: The imago Dei dos not shine out from our relationships. This is noticeably accentuated for people with disabilities, as social powers and systems brand disability a stigma or taboo, a human deficiency, and foster barriers to access.

Despite being loved into being by God, people with disabilities are excluded or trivialized as social nonentities in ways that mar their sense of being created in the image of God. Resolution At the beginning of this paper, four stories were presented as examples of real challenges that children and their families face.

How did they resolve? The parents had a discussion with the priest, Fr. Stephan, who suggested that the parents help by talking with the teacher. Stephan also suggested that the Sunday School teachers should have some training in making accommodations. After summer break, Christine got a new Church school teacher, Mrs. Warmopolos, who was a special education teacher. W helped Christine with the transitions to and from the classroom, and it was a great year!

Because all children bring multiple learning styles to the classroom, one theory of education worth exploring in the training of Religious Educators is considering the integration of Dr. The counselor met the mom and told her that it had been a difficult week, even with the suggested accommodations. The gospels of Matthew and Luke both contain the parable of the lost sheep Matthew It was a mixed weekend for Kathy. She enjoyed being with kids her own age, but felt insecure when she heard their accomplishments in school compared to her own. She knew only a few of the other kids that were there, but did not know them well.

Most of them also seemed to know each other, and no one invited her to join their group at mealtimes or for group activities. It was a long ride home with two of the girls she barely knew. Kathy was glad to get home to her own room and peace and quiet. How could this have been different? Disclosure of any diagnosis requires trust, something that may be difficult with people that are either strangers or are not known well. If retreat leaders had been observant, they would have seen that Kathy was having trouble fitting in, and could have helped ease the situation. The mission of those who minister to the youth is clear: Our aim is not to help the people around us find a more fulfilling life; it is not to help them discover better worship; it is not to help them locate and become part of a more satisfying community.

Our mission is to help them find the Kingdom of God, to overcome their sin by His power, to be transformed into the life of His blessedness. Even as today the Ecumenical Patriarch issues "green encyclicals" on proper care of the physical planet, the human person must be valued above all, even higher than the angels, because we alone were made to share His image and likeness, and we share our humanity with the eternal Word of God.

Jesus Christ shares our humanity, rendered imperfect by the Fall of Adam and Eve. Nevertheless, the standard of God's oikonemeia is the summons to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect. What does that perfection entail? God creates to glory in His creation. Creation is the expression of God's love. It is God's nature to create and we share in His creative abilities when we procreate children.

On the Sabbath, he went to the Synagogue, stood up and read: The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord Luke 4. You hear in the Bible the sins of the parents are visited upon the children.

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Being raised in the Bible belt this is something you hear in the small towns when they talk about the Kid with problems. Spent more time working with him? Force him to go to therapy more? If i do how am I hurting them and what Am I teaching them? And If I do and they turn into public enemy number one is it my fault? Is it all my fault? I have never acted in such a way how did they learn this behavior?

Even though I do not have the temperament for it and his IQ measures 62? Did I not do enough? Should I have included his biomom more? About 1 in 68 children or It is important to remember that this estimate is based on 8-year-old children living in 11 communities. It does not represent the entire population of children in the United States. We don't know what is causing this increase. Some of it may be due to the way children are identified, diagnosed, and served in their local communities, but exactly how much is unknown. The number of children identified with ASD varied widely by community, from 1 in children in areas of Alabama to 1 in 45 children in areas of New Jersey.

Boys were almost 5 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls. About 1 in 42 boys and 1 in girls were identified with ASD. White children were more likely to be identified with ASD than black or Hispanic children. About 1 in 63 white children, 1 in 81 black children, and 1 in 93 Hispanic children were identified with ASD. Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.

Black and Hispanic children identified with ASD were more likely than white children to have intellectual disability. A previous study has shown that children identified with ASD and intellectual disability have a greater number of ASD symptoms and a younger age at first diagnosis. Despite the greater burden of co-occurring intellectual disability among black and Hispanic children with ASD, these new data show that there was no difference among racial and ethnic groups in the age at which children were first diagnosed.

The site contains an online assessment tool for parents to use to see if their child meets diagnostic criteria. Resources for Parents: Message boards, chat rooms and listserv discussion groups. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people. It originates from this site, but can also be found on YouTube.

But as Thou hast invincible might deliver my children from all dangers that with tears I may cry to Thee: Raise my children names , to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven, and make them heirs of eternal blessings. Ikos 1 Intercede with Thy Son and God, O most Holy One, that an angel from heaven be sent to my children, just as to Thee was sent a most mighty protector, the Archangel Gabriel; and vouchsafe me to cry to Thee thus: Raise my children to be earthly angels.

Raise my children to be heavenly men. Raise my children to be Thy servants. Kontakion 2 As thou seest my maternal entreaty for my children, begging help of Thee alone; do Thou take them under Thine honorable and compassionate protection, that we may cry to God: Alleluia. Ikos 2 Send my children understanding, that they may know how to serve Thee well; fill their hearts with heavenly wisdom and grant that they may love it alone and scorn the things of the world.

Do not hinder my lips from crying such things as these: Raise my children to be wise as serpents and as innocent as doves. Raise my children to have knowledge of good but not of sin. Raise my children to be wise against the snares of the devil. Raise my children to order their lives wisely, following the examples of the saints. Raise my children, nourishing them with the milk of the hidden wisdom of God, that they may seek it all of their lives. Raise my children names , O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings. Kontakion 3 May the power of the Most High overshadow my children through Thine unceasing intercession before Thy Son, and on account of this, having come to know Thy maternal compassion towards all who run to God with faith, may they cry to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 3 Having received my children from God, I do not desire to behold them dwelling in eternal torment, but rather to see them written in the Book of Life and made inheritors of eternal life. Raise my children to inherit life eternal. Raise my children to pass the course of their life in Repentance.

Raise my children to labor to acquire the grace of the Holy Spirit. Raise my children to exert effort to attaint the Kingdom of Heaven. Raise my children to be written in the Book of Life. Kontakion 4 Having within a tempest of doubting thoughts, and wanting to give my children to drink of eternal life, I weep. Thus, having remembered Thy most rich mercies, I sing to Thy Son with hope and with a contrite heart: Alleluia.

Raise my children with all Thy Saints. Raise my children to be Thy servants, fulfilling all Thy commands. Raise my children to seek help from Thee alone. Raise my children to inherit eternal life. Ikos 5 Having seen my diligent supplication rising like incense to Thy glory, turn not Thy face away from my children, though they turn away from Thee, but all the more, hear the cry of my lips, singing to Thee: Raise my children to be poor in spirit, that they May inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

Raise my children to weep, that they may be comforted. Raise my children to be meek, that they may inherit the earth. Raise my children to hunger and thirst after righteousness, that they may be filled.

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Raise my children to be merciful, that they may obtain mercy. Raise my children to be pure in heart, that they may see God. Raise my children to be peacemakers, that they may be called the sons of God. Kontakion 6 All we the faithful ever proclaim Thee the defense of orphans, widows and mothers, and of all Thy children who pray and cry out to Thee: Alleluia. For the sake of this, hear me who dost cry to Thee thus: Raise my children to be the light of the world, that their light may shine before men, and that seeing their good deeds, men will glorify their Father in Heaven.

Raise my children to be the light of the world, that their light may shine before men, and that seeing their good deeds, men will glorify their Father in Heaven. Raise my children to be enlightened by Thy Son, that in His light they may see light and direct their steps towards Him. Raise my children always to turn the eyes of their heart to the Redeemer of all. Raise my children to be guided to the habitation of the Righteous by the Morning Star which is Thy Son. Raise my children to be meek and silent and to tremble before the word of God.

Raise my to love Thee and Thy Son not only with their minds but also with their Hearts. Kontakion 7 Desiring for my children eternal salvation, with tears I stand before Thy most honorable icon, O Lady, that disdaining not my supplication, thou wilt cry to Thy Son: Alleluia. Ikos 7 By the wonderous and incomprehensible action of Thy Son, lead my children with Thy merciful hand beneath Thy gracious protection, that with sincerity I may cry to Thee: Raise my children to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

Raise my children to walk the narrow way leading to life eternal. Raise my children to do the will of Thy Son and God in every place. Raise my children to long to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Raise my children to be numbered among Thy chosen ones. Raise my children names , of Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings. Kontakion 8 Where will my children, wandering in the greatly perilous and stormy valley of the world, receive joy and consolation, if not in Thee, O Most Pure One.

Travel with them and teach them the true path, that they may cry to God: Alleluia. Thus I place my children in Thy hands and in humility I beg of Thee: Raise my children to keep vigil and pray that they may not fall into temptation. Raise my children to be merciful so that their Father in Heaven will be merciful to them. Raise my children in purity of childhood, for to children belongs the Kingdom of God.

Raise my children to be the least of all, that they may be great before God. Raise my children to fulfill the Word of God, and to be partakers of the heavenly blessedness for which they came into being. Raise my children to have good hope in the Kingdom of Heaven. Ikos 9 Deliver my children from association with falsely-theorizing orators, who speak lies about Thine all-powerful intercession, and look upon me, faithfully singing: Raise my children to love Thee with all their hearts and minds. Raise my children to open their lips only in the praise and glory of Thy blessings.

Raise my children to await the coming of Thy Son with tears. Raise my children in watchful and continual prayer. Raise my children to stand always before Thee with reverence. Raise my children to bear good fruit. Kontakion 10 Desiring to save the world, Thy Son came from heaven to call, not the righteous, but sinners to repentance. For the sake, of this, pray to Thy Son that having been saved through Thee my children may call to God: Alleluia. Ikos 10 Surround my children with indestructible walls, O Heavenly Queen, that under Thy blessed protection, they may accomplish a multitude of good deeds, and that with them I may cry to Thee thus: Raise my children to be leaders in doing the will of Thy Son and God.

Raise my children to hate sin and all transgression. Raise my children to love good and all virtue. Raise my children in blameless purity. Raise my children to ascent the ladder of their lives every day. Raise my children to turn their eyes to Thy compassion in the midst of sorrows.

Raise my children to serve Thee in obedience and chastity. Kontakion 11 Make my children names worthy always to hymn Thine unshakable intercession, and through Thy grace direct their lips to sing to God: Alleluia. Ikos 11 O Shining lamp from on high, make the lives of my children to burn and their hearts to melt day and night with love for Thee, and Thy Son, and for their neighbors, and disdain me not who cry to Thee: Raise my children to love Thee with all their hearts and minds.

Raise my children in watchful and continual Prayer. Ikos 12 Singing of Thy loving-kindness, I pray Thee, who feeds and hast mercy on my children; cease not to intercede for them with Thy Son, for I believe that all is possible for Thee, and do Thou fulfill these my entreaties: Raise my children to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Raise my children to be found on the right hand at the Judgement Seat of Thy Son.

Raise my children to live in a holy manner. Raise my children to dwell securely on the path of faith by the grace of the Spirit of God. Raise my children to hunger and thirst insatiably for the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Raise my children to perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect. Accept this small hymn of supplication for my children as a sweet fragrance and take them under Thy compassionate protection.

Grant them to think, know, near, say and do, only that which brings them close to Thee and Thy Son, and helps them attain eternal salvation. And send them in this present life all that is profitable for the salvation of their souls, that they may cry to God: Alleluia. And again repeat, Ikos 1 and Kontakion 1. O Lord, forgive them all their transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, that they may be perfected before Thee. O Lord, set them on the true path of Thy commandments and enlighten their minds with the Light of Christ unto salvation of their souls and the healing of their bodies.

Bless them, O Lord, at home, at school, in their journeys and in every place of Thy dominion. Preserve and shelter them, O Lord, from flying bullets, arrows, the sword, poison and fire, from mortal wounds and sudden death. Guard them, O Lord, from all visible and invisible enemies, and from all danger, evil and misfortune. Heal them O Lord, from all sickness, deliver them from every impurity, and lighten their spiritual sufferings. Grant them, O Lord, the grace of Thy Holy Spirit and a long life; grant them health and chastity in all piety and love, and to live in accord with all their neighbors, near and far.

She immediately assumed he had done it on purpose and he was punished. All of us in the workshop sat in stunned silence which eventually erupted into immense anger and an outpouring of stories of adults who do not see children as children but only what is wrong with them. Now none of us in that room, believed Tim was a mistake, especially his Mom. And so I continued my spiritual journey toward understanding this belief which started with my son Tyler. Tyler at age five began to have difficulty in school which eventually led to a diagnosis of multiple learning disabilities.

I initially thought, well I will fix this. This led to two years of fighting with the school system and trying to understand the problem. It left me feeling as if I was in a desert of no beginnings and no endings. Desperate to get out I embarked on a spiritual quest to nurture my own healing. It eventually led to the writing of my book and an awareness that it was not Tyler I had to change, but myself. It matters not what the challenges may be; what matters is that you open your heart to this child.


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For as difficult as things may get, you will discover that this soul, wrapped in the precious little package, has much to give and volumes to teach you about yourself—you are willing to learn. Over fifteen hundred years ago Benedict wrote a short, simple document about hospitality called The Rule to guide monks living in monasteries which during his time were small communities of fifteen or so people.

The Rule has endured over time and shapes most of Western monasticism. Benedict believed in order to grow as a human being, you need other people. To be a person of Great Spirit cannot be done alone. Adapting the practice of St. Benedict asks that we see the divine in every single adult and child that we encounter. In our faith communities it is about accepting those who are different.

Acceptance is not about judging or condoning behavior. It is about embracing. Welcoming all children into our faith communities is an act of radical hospitality. Hold the deficit side facing out against your chest. Close your eyes and take a few minutes and imagine that everyone you meet only sees this side of you.

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They only talk to you from this perspective. What would the conversations be like, how would you feel. When you want to talk about something you feel good about, the person only responds to what they see on the front of your piece of paper. They only see the deficits and they probably will try to fix you.

How do you think you would react and treat them?

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Now release these thoughts to the Universe. Now hold the gift side facing out next to your chest. Take a few minutes to imagine that the people you meet can only see this side of you. They see all your strengths and gifts and think you can take care of yourself. They do not try to fix anything. Children who have been labeled with a disability or disorder or those who are perceived as weird or difficult walk around as if they have a piece of paper plastered to their chest labeling all their deficits and in this society we have a tendency to want to fix them.

We hear a child is autistic and we immediately assume he will be difficult to handle, we hear a child is mentally retarded and we assume she has limited abilities, we hear a child is struggling in school and we assume he is not very smart or are just lazy, we hear a child has ADD and we assume she will be a trouble maker. And then we expect all of these children to behave according to our assumptions. It often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. And we wonder why some of our labeled children are so angry and difficult.

Then the fight becomes us vs. Because we choose to believe that each person is different from the next person, then no one difference should be more normal than the next.