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Benjamin T. Conner on Friendship and Hospitality that Embraces Youth with Developmental Disabilities
Practical theologian Benjamin T. Conner encourages and challenges congregations and pastors to reorient ministry with youth to fully include and amplifiy the witness of adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Podcast | May 17, 2022
Disability within Faith Communities
A showcase of books and articles related to worship and disabilites
Topic Showcase | March 02, 2022
One Body, Many Members: Disability and Diversity in the Church
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body." -1 Cor. 12:12-13. The body of Christ is one body made up of individual members with both visible and hidden differences in abilities. What difference does it make to believe that each member has been arranged in the body as God has chosen? How can the church better live into the reality of this oneness while celebrating the gifts of its unique members regardless of ability? This is a YouTube Video Premiere panel discussion.
Video | November 16, 2021
Elizabeth Rodríguez sobre el ministerio con personas con discapacidad
A medida que más congregaciones se dan cuenta y reconocen que las personas con diversas capacidades pertenecen a la familia de Dios, buscan recursos y capacitación para la inclusión. Ministerio Amistad proporciona el más completo programa de estudio bíblico en español para personas con discapacidad intelectual.
Conversation | September 10, 2021
Elizabeth Rodriguez on Spanish-Language Disability Ministry
As more congregations realize that all people and all abilities belong together in God's family, they seek resources and training for inclusion. Ministerio Amistad provides comprehensive Spanish-language Bible study materials for people with intellectual disabilities.
Conversation | September 09, 2021
Karen Roberts on Moving from Inclusion to Belonging
First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Illinois, is on a journey from being a congregation that includes people with disabilities to becoming a place where people of all abilities belong. A sermon series on the ten dimensions of belonging helped them take another step.
Conversation | June 21, 2021
Sermon Series and Study Guide on Belonging for All Abilities
Your church can use new resources, such as a sermon series and study guide, to help your congregation move from including people with disabilities to becoming a place of belonging for all abilities. Then you can pass on what you've learned to other congregations.
Article | June 21, 2021
Victoria White on Inclusion in Circles of Congregations
All Belong will keep helping congregations become welcoming communities for people of all abilities, especially through its innovative Circle of Congregations for Teaching and Learning program.
Conversation | January 19, 2021
Elizabeth Bajema: All Belong in God’s Family
Churches sometimes see themselves as inclusive simply because they have attendees from group homes. But true inclusion means getting to know people as individuals with gifts to offer in God’s family.
Conversation | July 06, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sparking New Connections at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Roxboro, North Carolina
Like many congregations, New Mount Zion Baptist Church has people with varying abilities, incomes, and technology access. In this edited conversation, LaTonya McIver Penny shares how to use a mix of digital and old-fashioned ways to help worshipers and community members stay connected.
Conversation | April 14, 2020
LaTonya McIver Penny on Worship with Differently Abled People
Churches decide to include people with disabilities when they realize God sees us all as equals and all as differently abled. LaTonya McIver Penny advocates for inclusive worship, especially in African American congregations.
Conversation | February 25, 2020
Universal and Responsive Design for Missional Worship: A Vision of Inclusion
2019 Cultivating Vital Worship | Session
Audio | July 17, 2019
Baptism and Christian Identity: Shaping Liturgical Practice from the Perspective of Disability
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | April 17, 2019
Ways We Witness: Disability and the Mission of the Church
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | February 15, 2019
Pearls, Promises, and Potholes: A Traffic Report from the Intersections of Faith, Ministry, Theology, and Disability
A presentation and discussion with Rev. Bill Gaventa, hosted by Barbara J. Newman
Video | October 26, 2018
Disability in Heaven
This video explores what it might look like to think that some disabilities might have a place in heaven.
Video | July 19, 2018
From Barriers to Belonging: The Church and People with Disabilities
Led by Erik W. Carter, this session focuses on ten dimensions of belonging and their salience to the inclusion of people with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities in the full life of the church.
Audio | May 10, 2018
Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship
Join with John Swinton in a plenary session on disability, timefullness, and gentle discipleship.
Video | April 27, 2018
After the Benediction: Putting Faith to Work the Other Six Days
This presentation focused on the multiple avenues through which the supports and relationships available within congregation can meet real needs in the lives of people with disabilities and their families throughout the week.
Audio | April 11, 2018