Jeannette Versteeg is Evan's mom. She is his #1 advocate, working to ensure that his community fully embraces him. Often she runs into roadblocks because Evan has Down Syndrome.
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All people--regardless of ability--are created in God's image and have a role to fulfill in the Body of Christ. Friendship Ministries can help you discover how to reach out to these precious souls who are too often neglected by the Church.
Friendship Ministries provides Bible study curriculum that can help your church minister with adults who have intellectual disability.
If you could take the vision of the body of Christ, as described in 1 Corinthians 12, and put it into practice in supported care homes, you would embody the practices described in this new book by Cara Milne.
Engraved Upon the Heart: Children, the Cognitively Challenged, and Liturgy's Influence on Faith Formation (Book Review)
Engraved Upon the Heart by Hwarang Moon makes a good case for something dear to my own heart as an ordained pastor in the Reformed tradition and as the father of a daughter who has severe intellectual disability.
A social scientist, Erik Carter started his keynote address at the 2014 Summer Institute on Disability and Theology by saying he would be "preaching from Numbers." With data, he established the opportunity congregations and other communities of faith have to "welcome, receive, and be hospitable" every day of the week.