September is suicide prevention month. In order to address this epidemic, we need to share our stories. Here is one such story.
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.
September is National Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month. Mental Health Ministries has created resources to support our faith communities as we work towards ensuring everyone has proper access to mental health care.
Disability Concerns hosted their first fully online Leadership Training event this year! It was a very successful event that focused on the theme of agility.
These liturgies were written by Rev. Samuel Kim, a CRC pastor and student in the D.Min. program in Disability Ministry at Western Theological Seminary.
Since his behavior was not normal, some people assumed that it must have been mental illness.
The conference was scheduled for April 25 at Community CRC in Kitchener, ON. Now it will be hosted as a series on Thursdays in October at 12 pm Eastern. Join us!
My mom told me when I was a teenager that doctors weren’t at all sure what my future held, probably early-onset arthritis, premature aging, perhaps an early death.
Disability Concerns Ministry congratulates Terry DeYoung, coordinator of the Disability Concerns ministry for the RCA, on receiving the 2020 Henri Nouwen Award.
People with disabilities tend to be highly agile because they must navigate physical and social structures that are created by and for people who do not have disabilities.
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...