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?
Bible publishers use the terms "large," "extra large," or "giant print" for editions of the Bible which are not truly large print. To avoid confusion, here is a list of truly large print Bibles in various versions.
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...
Lest we forget, out of 2.3 million American veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, 633,000 (25% of the total) have a service-connected disability. Overall, about 3 million (14%) of the total number of living US veterans have a service-connected disability. We owe an extra debt of gratitude to the disabled vets . . .
The stereotypes about mental illness that our society tells us are, mostly, lies. In poem, memoir, funeral sermon, eulogy, and painting, people narrate life with mental illness through Disability Concerns’ Stories of Grace and Truth.
Transformation begins in a church family when there is enough interaction to make this authenticity contagious. It is liberating to throw off pretense, to admit insufficiencies, and to become completely dependent on God.
The CVS Caremark All Kids Can™ program is committed to making life easier for children with disabilities. Through this signature program, CVS supports nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services focused on helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life.
Melissa Brouwer writes, "Both before and after our triplets were born, Nathan and I felt an overwhelming sense of love from our congregation. None of it was small to us."
Tom Hoeksema and his wife, both white, decided they needed to visit Grace when their adopted African American son asked during a communion service at their previous church, “Do black people ever get to serve communion here?” The first time the Hoeksemas visited Grace, a member who had an intellectual disability walked up to them, reached out his hand in welcome, and said, “Hi, I like you!”
Don't get me wrong. I love our dog Marley. But I do not plan to see Marley again when Christ reappears and the heavens and earth are renewed. When he dies, he'll be gone except for our memories and our pictures.
In this issue learn ways that churches have accommodated and assisted aging adults who have disabilities.