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.
Don’t look at the way you do things now as “normal.” Because there is no “standard format” for Jesus-followers, normal in the Body may be a lot different than “normal for us.”
This is where “ableism” originates: “we” establish “ourselves” as “normal” – and having done so, what works (for “us”) works. Period. “Others” are not in view, because they are, by definition, “exceptions.”
When it is in our power to apply universal design or to make reasonable accommodations and we fail to do so, we are committing disability discrimination. And James wrote, “If you know the good you ought to do and don’t do it, you sin” (James 4:17).
After reflecting on the meaning and significance of “Gospel movements” with our Europe colleagues, I came home and began to dream.
I have some ideas about what it means… but what do YOU think?
Our SERVEurope Catalyst Team, Tom Becker and I will be heading for California next week. While we hear they have sunshine in abundance there, we are seeking a different sort of enlightenment. We will be attending the Global Access Conference, put on by Joni and Friends, a wonderful organization with which ReachGlobal has a solid…