Are you burdened by a sense of gloom that you cannot explain or fully account for? It seems that much of our mental health comes from community and the unconditional love of God.
We sometimes hear the phrases “the poorest of the poor” or “the least of these.” Interested in knowing who they are?
"The Body of Christ and Mental Illness," a statement from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Disability Awareness Sunday bulletin insert on mental health (PDF).
Disability Awareness Sunday is an opportunity to raise awareness concerning people with disabilities and to explore their full engagement in the church's life.
Use this brief litany as a tool to welcome and engage the gifts of people with disabilities.
In this article, the Autism Society asks all faith leaders to answer the call and support over 3.5 million people with Autism Spectrum Disorders in inclusive faith communities.
Who wants to listen to people prattle on about “God’s will” when, frankly, they don’t have a clue what the mind of God is with regard to any particular situation?
Paul embraced his calling to deliver cheer seriously and winsomely. I praise God that he allowed me the privilege of becoming Paul’s friend.
Not many websites focus on the experiences of people from particular ethnic groups who also have disabilities. This site has a laser focus on black college students with disabilities.
From all outward appearances, Blake is a typical kindergarten boy. However, Blake has a sensory processing disorder. Almost daily Blake fights battles that are invisible to others.
Dr. Leanne Van Dyk preaches on welcoming one another, stating: "In the end, you know, it is really quite simple. Christ has welcomed us; we are to welcome others."
If a person or group of people is pushed to the side by prejudice or ignorance or pity, that pushing harms not only those who are cut off but also those who do the pushing.
The Shepherd knows his sheep. How well acquainted are you with the needs and challenges faced by your more vulnerable sheep?
When we all love other people, we are letting Jesus' light shine in us for all the world to see. Even if there are some things we can't do, we CAN all love people.
We have found Disability Awareness Sundays to be inspiring worship times as we encourage persons with disabilities and invite everyone to joyfully live out their faith with the helping hand of Christian love.
Because of Disability Awareness Sunday, our congregation became more aware of the need to be inclusive in worship. We have a ways to go but have taken steps in getting started.
In the presence of "healthy" friends or family members, disabled persons are sometimes not even addressed directly.
Do gaps in your church's physical and spiritual hospitality need to be brought to light so that you may more effectively witness to the life and light of Christ?
"The Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Here are some tips for interacting politely with people with mobility issues whether you are at church or somewhere else.
Though broken by sin, this litany reminds us that we are made in God's image and called to love others as Christ loves us.
A helpful litany that encourages and reminds us to see more than the outside of people.
A brief unison prayer asking God to "Open our hearts to our brothers and sisters whoever they may be."
These brief videos reflect on crucial aspects of community and belonging. Though produced for a general audience, they apply well within a church context too.