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Disabilities in the Church
Jesus welcomes all persons into the community of faith. A faithful missional church does the same. Yet, just as in society as a whole, persons and families with significant differences often encounter barriers. These barriers may be physical barriers, barriers created by the way a community's life is structured, and attitudinal barriers. Overcoming these basic barriers is the focus of the Accessibility page.
This section includes resources to help the church respond to the challenges and also identify and embrace the God-given gifts and abilities of all persons. This obviously begins at the congregational level and that is where most of the resources are focused. However, there are significant decisions made and structures created in conferences, denominations, and church-related organizations that have an impact on persons with special needs.
Spirituality includes understanding the spiritual life of persons with disabilities and mental illness as well as providing spiritual care for such persons and their families.
Community is an essential part in the Anabaptist understanding of Christian life. This page explores some of the ways in which the Christian community can include persons with disabilities and mental illness.
Special outreach ministries are springing up throughout the wider church to minister to various groups that are often marginalized. See also a growing list of topics that impact the church in the right column.
Articles in The Mennonite
From Exile to Inclusion: A Community for Everyone
This issue of The Mennonite also includes an article entitled "The Lord is my strength: Toward an Anabaptist disability theology" by Erick Sawatzky.
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