Esta edición describe de qué forma las personas con discapacidades o sin discapacidades como la pérdida de la audición, discapacidad intelectual, demencia, y enfermedades mentales se han sentido bienvenidas en el ministerio de los grupos pequeños.
We hope your congregations are gearing up for Disability Awareness Sunday on October 21. Rev. Miriam Spies has offered a reflection based on the gospel lesson from Mark. We pray that your congregations are places where everybody belongs and everybody serves!
Miriam Spies will share reflections based on lectionary reading, Mark 10:35-45
Inclusive Small Groups: This issue describes how people with and without disabilities such as hearing loss, intellectual disability, dementia, and mental illnesses have been welcomed in small group ministry.
To include someone is to intentionally pursue ways to make them feel welcomed, heard, and valued. We show the love of Jesus most when we actively include those who are marginalized and different.
Based on her most recent book with the same title, Barbara J. Newman will give practical ideas at this workshop on faith formation with persons with disabilities.
This fall, I am spending time with the story of the man born blind in John 9. I am in midst of writing an academic paper around ministry, leadership, and disability, and some of that work might spill out in my CRCNA work!
Finding a career after graduation can be challenging to students with disabilities. Learn more about best practices when it comes to gaining relevant experience, exploring career paths, understanding your legal rights to employment, and applying for work in this guide.
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.
I had the privilege of taking a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. At the conclusion of our time together, each of us students wrote a "final evaluation". Here are some excerpts from mine.
Miriam Spies just started serving as Volunteer and Communications Specialist for Disability Concerns (20 hrs) and Safe Church (10 hrs).
El envejecimiento y la discapacidad: El promedio de edad de la gente en las iglesias a través de América del Norte sigue subiendo, y el porcentaje de personas con más edad con discapacidades sigue también subiendo. Esta edición de Rompiendo Barreras cuenta las historias a través de y para los miembros de la iglesia de 65 años y más.
Seong Won asked me whether CPE has changed since I took my last unit 32 years ago. I told her that the structure of CPE hasn’t changed much, but I’ve changed a great deal. Naturally, she followed up with, “How have you changed?”
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.