How do we become congregations that are inclusive and promote belonging? How do we seek out the gifts of ALL people for service/discipleship? What barriers stand in the way? The simple change of phrasing from "can or can't" to "HOW" can be powerful, hopeful, and generate possibilities for ALL.
An inward look must ensue to more fully acknowledge the challenges, needs, and opportunities of people with I/DDs who are already at our door and in our sanctuaries. We must affirm that people with I/DDs desire a meaningful life and authentic experiences and equitable opportunities in the broader community including meaningful work, housing, transportation, and faith practice.
We will engage together in the discovery of ways to broaden our parameters and hear from both the pastor and some of the Friends to Friends Community Church leadership. How creative can you be to discern gifts and see possibility in ALL people to serve in worship and beyond in your congregation?