I have this unusual sensitivity to all electronic devices. For example, I can't form a decent sentence if a cell phone is in the pocket of someone I'm near.
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.
Faith communities in the US and Canada are invited to join in the National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, & Life during the second weekend of September.
This journey started over thirty years ago when we received a call from a mom who asked us if her son could come to our church. Today, twenty five percent of our congregation is persons with developmental disabilities.
Síndrome de Down: Los autores describen algunas de las alegrías y desafíos que tanto ellos como sus iglesias han experimentado al amar y vivir con alguien con síndrome de Down.
Aquí hay algunos consejos para ayudarle a pensar acerca de cómo trabajar juntos en el reino creciente de Dios.
특집: 다운증후군 - 자신 또는 그들의 교회가 다운증후군을 가진 장애우들과 함께 살며 사랑하는 경험을 통해 저자들이 경험한 기쁨과 어려움을 아래 이야기에 담았습니다.
When Sharon McQueary shared her journey with depression at a women’s conference, many of the women felt permission to share their own experiences with mental health challenges.
La enfermedad mental y la práctica espiritual: Los autores describen de qué manera la enfermedad mental de un ser querido o la suya propia han formado su fe y practica espiritual en la que se entrecruzan los ritmos del bienestar mental, la vida devocional y el discipulado personal.
Down syndrome—Authors describe some of the joys and challenges they and their church have experienced in loving and living with someone with Down syndrome.
Jeremy and Dan, thanks for your comments. I couldn't agree more that "mass shooters are not in a healthy frame of mind." However, society has given us a particular understanding of "mental illness...posted on: A Foolish and Dangerous Assertion
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...
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