Join Disability Concerns each Thursday in October (8 pm EST) for our series Everybody Belongs, Serving Together, based on our newest resource!
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.
Mike Walker is a Canadian theologian and advocate for people with disabilities who has worked in Toronto, Chicago, and Ottawa. He’s currently the primary researcher on the Our Doors are Open Project through the Ontario College of Art and Design. He shares about his current work,coming alongside churches in Ontario, Canada, and the world become more accessible through his webinar series.
On August 11 and 12, Disability Concerns hosted its annual leadership event. Here you'll find slide presentations, recommended books, meditations, and more!
Ready to create a more accessible worship structure for your church? Check out this great resource!
성령께서는 몇몇 사람들에게 상상력과 예술성을 선물로 주셔서 무엇인가를 표현했을 때의 기쁨을 우리 모두에게 주십니다. 이번 호에서는 장애여부와 상관없이 시와 이야기, 노래, 그리고 이미지로 만든 창의적인 작품을 나눕니다.
Our annual Disability Concerns Leadership Training Event is just around the corner - have you signed up yet?
In this editorial, Elly VanAlten reflects on decades of discrimination against Indigenous communities in Canada, asking: What is our next step forward together?
In this issue of Breaking Barriers, people with and without disabilities share their creative expression in poetry, story, song, and image.
A lament for the loss of life of so many of our Indigenous brothers and sisters in Canada.
One thing Caroline feels is critical for people to consider is the diversity of disability.
Hi Deb. Thanks for reaching out.
To clarify, to register for the series in October, there will be a $20 fee, which includes the book as part of the cost of the event.
If you are...
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?