After almost 15 years serving as Director of Disability Concerns Ministry for the CRCNA, Mark Stephenson has announced his retirement.
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.
Meet the Disability Concerns regional advocates for each classis in Canada in our re-imagined Canadian content newsletter.
Save the Date! Everybody Belongs, Serving Together: Launching the Newest Resource for Supporting People with Disabilities in Faith Communities
Join Disability Concerns Canada every week in October for our 2021 annual training event. Residents of Canada and the U.S. are welcome to attend.
Cara Milne, a Disability Concerns Regional Advocate, shares her experience of living through Covid-19 as a community. Her encouragement is "to take note of what is working better than it was before and protect that."
Cara Milne's book, Noticed, Known, and Missed, focuses on building community for people with disabilities.
Meet Cara Milne, our Disability Concerns Regional Advocate for Classis Alberta South and Saskatchewan.
To all Disability Concerns volunteers—regional advocates, church advocates, advisory committee/guiding coalition members, and so many more of you that support our ministry in many ways—we want to pause and say thank you.
Individuals share their stories about the unique social challenges and limited opportunities that come with being Black, Indigenous, or a person of color living with a disability.
흑인, 원주민 또는 유색인종으로 태어나거나 장애를 가지고 산다는 것은 개인에게 큰 도전을 안겨주고 사회적 기회 또한 줄어듭니다. 이번 호 저자들은 인종과 장애가 만나는 지점에서 그들의 이야기를 들려줍니다.
Ser Negro, Indígena, o una persona de color y vivir con una discapacidad, los desafíos para la persona se multiplican y las oportunidades que la sociedad pueda ofrecer se disminuyen. Los autores de esta edición nos cuentan sus historias de racismo y discapacidad.
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...