The gospel of Jesus is itself a message of universal access. The Great Commission is a call to make that gospel universally accessible. Whether consciously or not, we in gospel ministry “design” spaces, environments, interactions that proclaim and enact that gospel. The Principles of Universal Design have proven helpful in making buildings and environments more…
Universally accessible worship or bible study or outreach would not be thrown off-track when some people engage or respond in ways that “normal” folks might perceive as “unconventional or unanticipated”… because universal design takes that into account ahead of time.
Long ago, in a faraway land not very far from here, a Wise Man once gave a puzzle to his kids. Not just any puzzle – when solved, it showed the most beautiful picture ever seen, a deep beauty that could scarcely be imagined…
The Spirit that baptizes us into one body with a kaleidoscopic range of members is the unifying power amidst harmonious diversity through which God intends to bless the whole planet.
The words we think are “churchy” now were subversive when they were used in Scripture. What does that tell us about our choice of words?
How can asking about plants lead to clarity in spiritual direction?
There is a HUGE difference between putting up a sign reading “Everyone welcome” and actually extending “compelling welcome” to individuals with disabilities.
The dissonance raised by the nonacceptance of persons with disabilities and the acceptance of grace through Christ’s broken body necessitates that the church find new ways of interpreting disability. – Nancy Eiesland
Could it be that I actually need others to help me identify and work on my own imperfections so that I can see more clearly?
If we’re not fostering the spiritual growth and ministry effectiveness of people with disabilities, we are actually disabling the body of Christ.
We call ourselves the “body of Christ.” But he used his body to touch lepers who should have made him unclean, be touched by prostituted women, knowing the scandal it provoked…
What are you worried that people might see if you don’t cover up well? And why?