Today we remember advocate Betty Van Deemter, revisiting an article written awhile ago by her friend and fellow advocate, Hank Kuntz.
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.
Durante el largo periodo de aislamiento impuesto durante la pandemia del virus corona, las personas con discapacidades vieron que algunos impedimentos para la participación fueron en realidad eliminadas. Los artículos en esta edición nos narran algunas historias de accesos inesperados.
During the pandemic, people with disabilities found that some barriers to participation actually were removed. The articles in this issue tell a few of those stories of unexpected access.
Lori challenges us to look for the blessings in COVID with the reminder of God being our ever-present help during these times.
Pastor Dave shares his friendship with his parishioner, Carolyn, that has grown in the midst of the pandemic.
Out of adversity grew a larger sense of community.
While the rest of the world collectively mourned the loss of closeness and community, I suddenly found myself a new reason to smile.
Terry DeYoung, Coordinator for Disability Concerns, RCA, takes stock of all the ways that our society has changed for the better due to the pandemic.
We encourage all churches to recognize Disability Awareness Sunday this October to demonstrate that all members of their congregation are valued. Find resources here!
Awesome advice Al. Thanks!posted on: Classis by Video: Technical Edition
Michele, thanks for this reminder of how poverty affects every aspect of life, and lingers even after death. I pray that your mom (and all of you) will remain healthy.
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...