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Disability within Faith Communities
A showcase of books and articles related to worship and disabilites
Topic Showcase | March 02, 2022
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
Universal Design and Responsive Design
Barbara J. Newman, Director of Church Services at All Belong and one of CICW's program affiliates, shares a definition of Universal and Responsive Designs.
Video | May 22, 2020
From Longing to Belonging: Connecting through the Language of Worship with Persons Experiencing Dementia
2020 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | March 19, 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
Janice McLean-Farrell on a Pastoral Approach to Research
Congregations often want to get information from members and neighbors. They can learn how to do so pastorally by considering how scholars do academic research using human subjects. Scholars follow ethical standards to gain data while doing no harm.
Conversation | January 08, 2020
Universal and Responsive Design for Missional Worship: A Vision of Inclusion
2019 Cultivating Vital Worship | Session
Audio | July 17, 2019
Worship as One: Disability in Community video
Through implementing small changes, churches can become inclusive communities for people with a variety of abilities and disabilities.
Video | February 07, 2018
“Diseño universal” para el culto
"Diseño universal" o “accesibilidad universal” es el estándar para la arquitectura actual: no queremos modernizar edificios para hacerlos accesibles; queremos construirlos de esa manera desde el principio. ¿Qué sucedería si esta visión se extendiera a los cultos que planificamos y dirigimos, y a todos los ministerios de la iglesia?
Article | November 16, 2016
Older Adults and Worship
This topic showcases opportunities for churches to nurture faith formation in, by and with aging adults.
Topic Showcase | October 05, 2016
Challenge and Courage
Ken Medema shares a story through his improvised song.
Audio | September 30, 2016
Worship as One: Disability in Community
A video giving testimony to a gospel-based vision of corporate worship that includes all people
Video | September 29, 2016
David G. Myers on Hearing Loss in Worship: An Invisible Disability
The older you get, the more likely you are to lose hearing. Most hearing aids and cochlear implants now come with telecoils. Your church can install hearing loop systems that deliver customized sound directly from microphones into T-coil hearing aids.
Conversation | September 15, 2016
Barbara J. Newman on Visual Hospitality in Worship: More than Large Print
The older you get, the more likely you are to experience visual loss. Disability and advocacy expert Barbara J. Newman describes sight-related worship changes that benefit the church as a whole.
Conversation | August 09, 2016
Aging Together in Grace
Churches can offer a countercultural message about the gifts of older adults and walking with them through the challenges of aging.
Feature Story | August 02, 2016
Universal Design for Worship: Symposium 2016 Plenary Address
‘Universal design’ is now standard for architecture: we don’t want to retrofit buildings to make them accessible, we want to build them that way from the start. What would it look like for this vision to be extended to the worship services we plan and lead?
Video | May 02, 2016