The Bigger Miracle

Jesus removed a barrier and helped someone ignored to be heard. Jesus challenged societal and religious (gasp!) practices and expectations that kept people like this man in poverty and on the outside. Jesus helped a man who was blind to take a step toward community.

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Justice, Mission and Disability

I stood at the front of a chapel a few weeks ago, the spring Baltimore sunshine cutting through stained glass. Facing me, thirty-one individuals stood. Nearly one third of the room. These thirty-one people were standing to represent the 31.9% of non-institutionalized adults with disabilities in the US who live in households under the poverty line.

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Building Disability Inclusion into a Church's Identity

One of our friends recently got a DNA test to track his genealogy and family history. It’s amazing to me that in a single strand of hair or a tiny glob of spit, an entire story can be told. DNA, whether it’s from your skin cells or your saliva, contains everything that makes you you. Churches have DNA too: they have an identity that congregation members and leadership bear. Your church might be known for it’s amazing family Christmas pageant, your friendly—or maybe over-friendly—greeters, or your slick graphic design. But what would it look like for a church to be built with inclusion in mind?

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Free to Worship: Creating a No "Shushing" Environment

Have you ever been in a church service with your child when suddenly they begin to shout? Or how about sitting in a prayer time with your adult child who has special needs and they have an outburst? How do you feel? How do the people around you respond? If you are like most people then YES, this has happened and probably on more than one occasion!

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