When you’re at the point of “thinking about design” – in launching a new outreach or planting a church – think about what’s important to know and perceive, and about how that can be clear to EVERYONE.
“Simple and intuitive use” and the Church | Universal Design and Christian ministry
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…
How to design a house of prayer for all people? Universal Design and the Church: 3
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.”
Designing “to the norm” doesn’t feel like design at all. Universal Design and the Church: 2
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.”
Can “avoiding churchy words” make us more authentically Christian?
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?
Disability and the Church – Time to get serious
If we’re not fostering the spiritual growth and ministry effectiveness of people with disabilities, we are actually disabling the body of Christ.
The Risk of Following Jesus into the World: Mission and Marginality
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…
Redeeming the Time – Gentleness, relationship, and time | Becoming a Friend of Time 2
The fabric of transformation is woven from threads of human relationships… which require, as much as anything, time.