La sordera y los problemas de auditivos: Los autores que tienen problemas de audición o viven con familiares sordos describen sus desafíos personales y de qué forma la sordera impacta sus experiencias en la iglesia.
Disability Concerns seeks to bring about the full participation of all people with disabilities in the life of the church and the full participation of the church in the lives of people with disabilities. The Disability Concerns ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America collaborate on the resources in these pages, as well volunteer engagement, training events, resource creation, and other means to support churches in their ministry.
Everybody belongs. Everybody serves.
For Mental Health Awareness Week (Oct 6-12) we encourage your church to develop greater awareness of the one in five people among us who have mental health issues and to consider ways to minister with them.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing—Authors who are hard of hearing or live with family members with hearing loss describe personal challenges and how hearing loss impacts their experience in the church.
Owen Wigger and his family sent a letter to his first-grade teacher and classmates. Because he does not speak, this letter will help pave the way for their relationships with him.
I have this unusual sensitivity to all electronic devices. For example, I can't form a decent sentence if a cell phone is in the pocket of someone I'm near.
Faith communities in the US and Canada are invited to join in the National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, & Life during the second weekend of September.
This journey started over thirty years ago when we received a call from a mom who asked us if her son could come to our church. Today, twenty five percent of our congregation is persons with developmental disabilities.
Síndrome de Down: Los autores describen algunas de las alegrías y desafíos que tanto ellos como sus iglesias han experimentado al amar y vivir con alguien con síndrome de Down.
Aquí hay algunos consejos para ayudarle a pensar acerca de cómo trabajar juntos en el reino creciente de Dios.
Christina, yes, this is another aspect of universal design. Captioning videos benefits everyone. Thanks!
Syd, Thanks for these wise words. Marriages of pastor and spouse also face severe stress when the pastor experiences a mental health crisis. Unlike a physical illness, this form of illness often...
Welcome Miriam! I'm looking forward to your being part of a large team of disability advocates in the CRC and RCA (and far beyond our two denominations) doing this important work.
Hi Valerie, thanks so much for your question, and for the interest you and your congregation have in providing a wide welcome to people. I've heard of other churches also putting icons in their...
Thanks Robert. I know how challenging life can become for some caregivers. Communities of faith can show love in powerful ways to them through the simple (though not always easy) gifts of time and...posted on: Murder, Not Mercy Killing
Trudy, yes! I just love the line: "The pew is waiting for its favourite words it cherishes the most, the words it was made for." It reminds me of John Milton's lovely Sonnet 19 in which he...posted on: The Pew
Thanks Worship Ministries and Bryan for the good advice.
Bryan, what do you do to "be as interactive as possible"?posted on: Advice on Doing a Webinar?
This article from the Harvard Business Review (Dec. 27, 2017) makes the same case for the value of work force diversity: The Case for Improving Work for People with Disabilities Goes Way Beyond...
Thanks Ken. Yes, like Barb Newman likes to say, we're all like green and pink puzzle pieces. Every one of us has things we're good at and things we are not good at, and those things differ with...posted on: CRC Resources for Disability Week
Jenny, thanks for the question. We'll get the info to you privately. Markposted on: Breaking Barriers - Fall 2017