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Preparing drug-addicts for a stay at a parish PDF Печать
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Who should be sent to a parish and for how long
Those who intend to send a drug-addict to a parish or monastery should properly prepare him for living there. This preparation will determine to a large extent how fruitful not only his initial but also his entire church life will be. Certainly, church workers will not regard the failure to inchurch him as a complete collapse. They would rather believe it a success if a rehabilitee proves to be able at least to continue living without any relapses into narcotization. But to achieve even this modest result a patient should be given proper guidance during his stay at a parish.

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Distinctive features of the Orthodox rehabilitation of drug-addicts PDF Печать
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The Russian Orthodox Church has been engaged in rehabilitation of drug-addicts for over ten years now. Her pastors first confronted these people on a mass scale in the mid-90s. For confessors it was a new development which needed a special approach. Drug addiction is a major component of the non-church youth subculture which was born in the later 20th century and which was initially hostile to the church values system and Christian worldview. For a long time the ideological directives of the ruling Communist Party and the Iron Curtain prevented this subculture from occupying our country. However, in the early 90s new people came and the youth was doomed to be enslaved by this subculture utterly merciless towards its young slaves. The capitulation was rash and almost complete: the enslaver had been long awaited and was hailed as a liberator. One of the bitter fruits of this lost-without-battle war was the emergence of millions of young people ruined by drugs. Some of them, in their search for a way out, began to look to the Church.

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Film Discussion as a Method of Work with the Youth PDF Печать
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For more than two years already our parish has been using an untraditional method of work with drug addiction rehabilitants, i.e. watching and discussing films with them. Motion pictures have become an integral part of modern life. Motion pictures have definitely become an art, the most influential one of all modern arts. It is impossible to prohibit parishioners, especially young ones, to watch films. This means we should teach them to choose films of artistic value, teach them how to watch them, and understand. Unfortunately nobody studies cinematography at secondary schools. If the school system 'lost' belles-lettres and fiction as a subject from the curriculum, no doubt impact would reduce dramatically, which world literature exerts on people's education and the formation of their Weltanschauung. However an urgent need to study cinematography deeply at the secondary school has not been realized yet. Films could help in studying history and other cultures, could contribute to raising and comprehension of many world outlook issues. It is a field that can yield a fruitful dialogue with the youth.

 

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Thoughts about HIV/AIDS and counteraction to it PDF Печать
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For the first time I heard about AIDS in 1984. It’s remarkable that a person who told me about new illness was an orthodox priest. In general he told me the following: “Now a new illness appeared in the world. It affects immunity of person and after it he can die from the very trifling illness. This illness is transmitted such a way, that mainly drug addicts, homosexuals, prostitutes and their clients fall ill. God sent into the world such illness to slow down the dynamics of sin spread among people. Some of them abstain of these sins because of the fear to be infected, whereas the spreaders of spiritual pest are punished by death selectively. It serves as a symbol that grace leaves sinners, a grace that spiritually protects people, - just as immunity protects them physically, - and after grace leaves person perishes. This is a very well-timed and very significant illness.”

 

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