They both live in good group homes that are clean, caring, and provide various evening activities. Their group home brings them to church on Sundays. What is missing from this picture?
The language of creation replaces, and transcends, the language of loss, just as it does in life. The pastoral care-giver's question is not, “What have you lost? But “What’s it like?” and “What’s happening?”
Thirty-three percent of families changed their place of worship because their child with a disability was not included or welcomed into the life of the congregation. Of these families who left, some of them not only left their congregation, but left their faith tradition!
Is the Walking With People With Mental Illness for Sept 26th.or still a proposed one? I'm confused. I received an email saying it was scheduled and to register which I did. I was just getting the details to ask others to join me and saw it was still in the proposed section. Could you clear this...
In 1985, I received a spinal cord injury. Now I can control my body only from the neck up. At the time of the injury, computers were mainly used in large offices. Few homes had them, and they were not linked together outside of an organization. Technology has greatly changed since that time, especially in what is now common, the Internet.
I've just started doing research for an adult church study program on dealing with conditions that are considered "long term." The plan is to cover topics such as long term illness, long term mental illness, long term rehabilitation, and possible a ferw other areas that are considered long term...
While the Internet has opened up a vast amount of information to all computer users, computer screen reading software has also given me, as a blind person, access to that source of information and communication.
Francine Bell, who has been a volunteer with CRC Disability Concerns for many years, recently published a book of thoughtful and personal devotions called I Can Do All Things. She has given me permission to share one of the devotions.
Mental illness isn't something I ever thought I would face in my lifetime. Not me . . . I've got it all together! Or so I thought.
The first thing you need to do to be successful is to find out about your new Cadet. Who is he, beyond his name? What abilities does he have? What are his strong points and the “positives” which you can build on?
Did James Holmes, described by a high school classmate as “really nice and sweet,” decide one day to become a mass murderer?
(1) The American Bible Society publishes a complete 18 point font, King James Version (KJV) in one volume (about $35), Both Dake and Holman publish a one volume, complete KJV that are truly large print (18 point font), These each have a different shape (either longer, wider, and/or thinner) and...
I still wonder sometimes if my friendships will last during a depression. Will they call? “How are you?” they ask. Do they want to know the painful truth? Sometimes it’s better to say “fine.”
After finishing his Ph.D. cum laude, Herb Greenberg applied for 600 jobs, was offered 85 interviews, but when prospective employers found out he was blind, that number was reduced to three.
Deacons who serve well work hard at connecting with members of the congregation, organizing ministry, and finding appropriate resources. This final installment on deacons and people with disabilities suggests ideas for ministry and provides some resources to implement those ideas.
I was up on a hill, tethering at twilight. The sweet-smelling grass that was neatly raked in rows. The tractor’s tether tips were messing with all their might, When suddenly a winsome wonder came into sight...
Esta edición explora la forma en que el internet ha creado nuevas posibilidades para conectarse y ministrar a las personas que viven con discapacidades.
이번 호는 인터넷이 장애를 가진 사는 사람들에 대한 연결과 사역에 대한 새로운 가능성을 창조하는 방법을 탐구합니다.
Disability Awareness Sunday Resources from the United Methodist Church. The Prayer of Confession is especially good.
This letter is not from one of our congregation members, but it may help you to understand and support the people sitting near you in the pew or people who don’t come to church often or at all.
Shalem Mental Health Network provides a variety of mental health services including recommended readings. Their list provides helpful guidance for learning about mental health, most from a Christian perspective.
Deacons are catalysts for change and it's only natural that that would include working for justice in our churches for people with disabilities. Join us for Part 3 of our 4 part series exploring the connectedness between Disability Concerns and Deacons.
To minister well with people who have disabilities, we need to understand the wide range of disability and the ways in which all of us can unintentionally exclude people with disabilities from the life and ministry of our churches.
People with disabilities are often marginalized in our communities and our churches. Join Mark and myself over the next four weeks as we explore how what disabilities are, what they might look like in our midst, and how Deacons can be a catalyst for justice for people with disabilities.
Diekema has identified for church leaders yet another gift that people with disabilities bring to their churches. They can challenge congregations for underestimating anyone who lives with disability, and they can serve as mentors to the entire congregation...