Posts tagged disability
Resources on Theology & Disability

We, at The Banquet Network, recognize how important it is to be in a constant learning posture particularly as we seek to submit to the Church in our work. Our growth is contingent upon learning from people of different backgrounds and pursuing relationships with churches of many denominations. This list of resources from various authors and origins has given us a framework to shape our thinking around true inclusion in the Church.

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Outcasts

How cool is your church? Is it filled with people who have many material possessions? Is it filled with highly resourced, comfortable, successful, powerful people? It is a common sentiment throughout the years and in our current day, as the Church, to try hard to be relevant and “cool” by these worldly standards.

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Ministry Highlight: Life Blessings

Lainie Brown, board member at The Banquet Network, hit the ground running with special needs ministries after God gave her Trent. Her son, like many with downs syndrome do, changed Lainie’s life. She was acutely aware of God calling her to care for the special needs community particularly as she thought of her son, but quickly realized her need to assist others. “I was hurt knowing that I couldn’t invite my friends with special needs to my own church.” At the time, her church wasn’t built for it- willing servants or otherwise.

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Unreached

The Church is not reaching individuals affected by disability with the Gospel. "Only 5 to 10 percent of the world's disabled are effectively reached with the Gospel, making the disability community one of the largest unreached -- some say under-reached -- hidden people groups in the world," -Joni Eareckson Tada founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center.

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The Mirror & The Billboard

For many of us, there is an unspoken discomfort that arises in us when we enter a room and there facing us is a person with a visible disability. It might be a child in a wheelchair or an adult with Tourette’s syndrome, but regardless of the disability, the feeling is the same. We feel a sudden need to avoid the individual completely to ease our discomfort, or we fearfully fumble over what we should do or what we should say.

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Taking Responsibility: An Idea for How to Reach, Serve, and Include

In the days of the early Church there was a certain population that was being neglected: the Greek widows weren’t receiving their distribution of food. We don’t know exactly how or why this was happening, but we do know that this is nothing new: humanity has a tendency to neglect/oppress certain populations. And as much as we wish this wasn’t the case, that even happens in the Church.

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