How can we make a positive difference in our churches and communities in working with people with disabilities? Compiled by Ann Ballard, this list gets you started. Have fun and get going!
1 in 4 Americans annually experiences mental health issues, yet less than one-third receives appropriate care. The Christian Citizen provides insights for people with mental illnesses.
This newsletter from Mental Health Ministries includes information and resources for faith leaders, family members and friends and who may find the holidays a difficult time.
These ideas give brief, clear, helpful guidance for ministering with people affected by disabilities, especially pastors, elders, deacons, and care team members.
Through the apostle Paul, God paints a vision for his people in 1 Corinthians 12 as one body, together in Christ. No one excludes another. (The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!”) No one self-excludes.
Here is a simple prayer for Diversity/Disability Awareness Worship Service.
The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was “made like his brothers and sisters in every way” (2:17, TNIV). But can almighty God truly understand human limitations, even long-term limitations we call disabilities? At advent and Christmas especially we wonder at the mystery and meaning of Christ's incarnation.
Susie Angel talks about the rejection and the welcome she experienced in churches as a person with cerebral palsy. She says, "God needed me for a purpose to be the way I am, that purpose was to teach able-bodied people that it was okay to be different."
Here's a one-page newsletter insert or poster to hang to give people simple, practical ideas for inclusion.