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Camp Safari was a new camp this year for the Southern Ohio District Church of the Brethren. Camp Safari began its mission with the focus of providing a Christian camping experience for campers with special needs Leadership was provided by Kylie and Matt Shetler, the deans and District Camp staff. Many volunteers came to provide almost a one-to-one ratio of campers to adults.
Where's the justice in that?>> Read more
It was a typical Sunday as I made my way into the sanctuary, quickly found my place in the balcony, and prepared my heart for worship. I love my church dearly, but today I was preoccupied. I had just gotten back from a Disability Theology conference and my thoughts were focused on our keynote speaker’s direct challenge that the church simply is not doing enough to welcome and include people with developmental disabilities. I took the opportunity to survey the room (a view from above) and noted that although people of various cultures, ethnicities, age groups, and socio-economic status were present, there was sadly a proportionately low number of people with disabilities in the congregation.
Sparks of Redemptive Grace>> Read more
Reviewed by Christine Guth
A description I wrote of my depression, published in an ADN newsletter article eight years ago, reflects, if incompletely, the anguish a mental illness brings to the person who lives with the condition, and also the rippling effects the illness has to that person’s family and loved ones:
Enabled to pray the Lord's prayer>> Read more
The prayer that Jesus taught his first disciples, known as the Lord’s Prayer, is one of the most familiar prayers in the church, known worldwide and in numerous cultures and languages. Scholars and teachers who research the origins and context of this biblical and historical prayer reflect on the radical and revolutionary nature of this transformative text. It has today become so familiar that many learn its content by heart and pray it individually as well as corporately in worship.
Introducing Denise Reesor>> Read more
Kathy Nofziger Yeakey
After a Spirit-led search for the next Program Director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network, I am pleased and excited to announce that Denise Reesor of Goshen, Indiana, is joining us in the work of supporting Anabaptist congregations, families and persons touched by disabilities to nurture inclusive communities of faith.
Captioning Services>> Read more
Public events such as worship services and meetings are central in the life of any faith community. Hearing and understanding what others say in public settings often poses a challenge to persons living with hearing loss unless special attention is given to making these events accessible. In this article, Lynn Swedberg introduces captioning as an important tool to assure that people with hearing difficulties are able to fully participate in community life.
Youth Ministry for All Abilities>> Read more
When The Gathering Place focused on the theme of “Special Needs Ministry” in May, it brought together in one place ministry insights from eight Anabaptists who are writing, speaking, reflecting, and working for disability inclusion. We are grateful that The Gathering Place has given us permission to share these blog posts and videos here. Includes contributions from Rachel Gerber, Cindy Warner Baker, Janeen Bertsche Johnson, Melissa Florer-Bixler, Ross Ringenberg, and Deborah Ferber, as well ADN staff Kathy Nofziger Yeakey and Christine Guth.