Disability Concerns was formed within the Christian Reformed church out of a passion for justice and a deep desire for healthy relationships among people with and without disabilities.
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.
Christians are not exempt from mental health challenges. The purpose of this series is to create a safe place where people will feel comfortable in sharing their story and be supported in their spiritual journey.
This paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 is a choral reading that highlights that we are one body in Christ, whatever our age, ability, income, gender, or ethnicity.
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.
주제 : 포괄적인 소그룹. 건강한 소그룹에서 사람들은 삶을 공유하고 성경을 연구하며 삶에서 하나님의 인도를 분별할 수 있습니다. 이번 호는 청력 상실, 지적 장애, 치매 및 정신 질환과 같은 장애인과 장애가 없는 사람들이 어떻게 소그룹 봉사 활동에서 환영을 받고 있는지를 보여줍니다.
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.
Churches are called to grow the gifts of all members. Ideal Park CRC has found a way to do that for two members so that they can exercise their gifts for ministry faithfully.
This 44-page guide from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Palliative Care Toolkit, considers how best to support people who are living with serious illness or are nearing life's end.
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.
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
Ken, yes, we were fortunate, and I thank God for that. I pray that God will sustain you in the challenges you are facing. Markposted on: The Trials of Charlie Gard