How can we minister more effectively to truly reflect that everyone truly belongs and is a valued member of the body of Christ? What is working?
I’m more comfortable with answers than questions, authority than weakness, and qualification by academic degree than qualification by suffering. But I’m learning that effectiveness in chaplaincy requires me to walk into the circle of my discomfort.
I don’t have a theological degree and I don’t work in a church or in formal Christian ministry. I’m not a missionary doing grand work in a faraway land. However, God has shown me that my life is my ministry.
Join us in discovering the intersection of mental health and the church. Learn from experts, pastors, and other local leaders what support is available and how your church can become a safe space.
Churches can help people with disabilities feel welcome (or not welcome) in their worship. The articles in this issue of Breaking Barriers describe a variety of ways people with disabilities contribute in worship.
Does a "visual schedule" or some other visual resource enhance possibilities for those of us who have autism? If so, does such a resource already exist for Protestant liturgy?
Receiving a gift is not easy for me; I’d much rather play the role of giver. Receiving is so vulnerable. And yet it’s in that place of vulnerability, of both receiving and giving, that we encounter God and discover one another in love.
College for Students with Disabilities
This article has suggestions and resources to help your congregation considers having emotional support animals in your church.
In the toy aisle of Walmart, two of my special education students reminded me about being honest and forgiving. There, I was also reminded of this unsettling truth: our society tries not to notice people with disabilities.
This letter is for “the others”: for my two kids who are not special needs, who are considered typical, and for everyone who has a sibling with any special need(s).