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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.

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Everybody belongs. Everybody serves.

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Aging: Challenges and Opportunities

Speakers at a recent event in Woodstock, ON, challenged the common cultural assumption that as one gets older, one’s usefulness, opinions, past mistakes, or family history define their identity. 

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장애물 헐기 - 2018 봄

주제 : 환영하는 예배. 교회는 장애를 갖은 사람들이 예배에 환영하든지를 (혹 않하든지) 도울 수가 있습니다. 이번 장애물 헐기 호의 글들은 장애를 가진 사람들이 예배드릴때 여러가지로 도울 수 있는 방법들을 설명했습니다.

 

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Worship and Mental Health

What we say or fail to say about mental health concerns in worship settings can be profoundly formative for how Christian communities respond to these challenges.

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The Pew

The pew is waiting for its favourite words, the words it cherishes the most, the words it was made for. "You may be seated," says the pastor.

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Performing to a High Standard

When preparing for a house concert, Paul Helm decided to hire a piano tuner, Tony Rodriguez, who has autism. The piano sounded beautiful for the concert. 

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  • 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...

  • 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"?

  • 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...

  • Jenny, thanks for the question. We'll get the info to you privately. Mark

  • Ken, yes, we were fortunate, and I thank God for that. I pray that God will sustain you in the challenges you are facing. Mark

  • Yes, too often if someone has a disability affecting one part of their life, others assume that the disability affects all parts of the person's life. As you point out, that's not true at all....

  • Angie, thanks for sharing. Yes, we too are so thankful for the health insurance provided for Dylan; otherwise the horror of that time would have been multiplied.  I'm thankful we could focus on...