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When the apostle Paul describes the church as the body of Christ, he paints a picture of inclusion, belonging, acceptance, and participation. Much like the picture on a puzzle box, we need to work at creating this picture piece by piece in our churches. Though each piece needs and contributes to those around it, too often people with disabilities are viewed only as needing but not giving to others around them. This webinar teaches ways to recognize that every individual, including persons with disabilities, has been created with gifts that are needed by the body of Christ.

Shellie Power is the Director at Hope Centre Ministries, a Winnipeg based (CRC supported) ministry that provides spiritual care for individuals with disabilities, support for families with children with disabilities, as well as resources and training for churches as they seek to better include individuals with disabilities in their fellowship. Rev. Mark Stephenson is the Director of Christian Reformed Disability Concerns. Before this call, he pastored two congregations for 17 years. He and his wife Bev have four living children including Nicole, their oldest, who lives joyfully with severe multiple disabilities. Mark’s mother lived with dementia for her final 12 years.

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