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Category: Church and disabilities


Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities

“Across the country, congregations are beginning to discover their incredible capacity to welcome and weave people with developmental disabilities and their families into the life of their faith community.” On this positive note, Carter begins his practical discussion on how…

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Can I Give You a Hug?

We love to hear stories and often feel honoured to have people share their journey with us.  One of the things we learned when we hosted IN 2013, was that it was so important for families to be able to…

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Super Resource!

“God plops people with disabilities in the midst of a congregation–a hand grenade that blows apart the picture-perfectness of the church. . . The “uncomely” parts are critical to the life of the body. . . We want the church…

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A Christian Response to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Is your congregation equipped to respond to the needs of people living with FASD?   Many congregations encounter the realities of FASD– through family members, neighbourhood programs, outreach programs, etc.  It can be confusing and frustrating to try to find resources….

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A Different Reality

The following is a guest post written by Gaelene Askeland, Executive Director of  Initiatives for Just Communities.  This faith based charity in Manitoba facilitates and runs four unique ,people focused programs.  One of their programs, Touchstone FASD, provides support to…

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What is FASD?

Many of us have heard the term FASD… but do we know what that means? Manitoba Health defines it in this way: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose…

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Happy New Year!

Today is the ‘start’  of many new beginnings. Back to school routines are in progress and since we follow the church calendar year we are just beginning to start another season.  Happy New Year, seems to be a very fitting…

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Us & Them…. WE

Today in church my mind wandered.  Maybe a better reflection would be that I picked up on some church language that was used and it took my thoughts in a different direction. Generally the word ‘we’ is used often in…

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Good Byes: July 25, SERVE Day 7

Today our routine has changed.  We get to sleep in a bit as breakfast is half an hour later.  There are some people who needed every minute of that half hour and it is a gift! After breakfast and devos…

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Dancing and Movie: July 24: SERVE Day 6

Well there were not any pranks through the night!  Today some people woke up with a sense of sadness…today is the last day of work, we go home tomorrow.  It is important for us to enjoy the different parts of…

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