Welcome to the Disability & Faith Forum

Greetings.

The idea here is simple: To create a space where churches, ministry leaders, writers, theologians, persons with disabilities, families and friends can discover what is happening in disability ministries across Canada and around the world. By building an accessible network, we can learn, inspire, encourage, discuss and support one another. There are some amazing things happening out there, and some wonderful resources being created for families and persons with disabilities as they seek to find a place of belonging within the body of Christ. This is an open forum where you are encouraged to connect with each other, post your own links, share your success, dreams, challenges and opportunities – and ask questions to get ideas, advice and help. As you become aware of resources, people, and ideas, share them here and invite others to participate. The idea here is not that any one person or ministry is ‘the expert’ but that together we create something organic and ever morphing into something better. The goal is become more effective in creating Kingdom bodies of belonging, healing and hope for those who experience disabilities in their lives. I am excited about what might be created here. My role for now, is primarily to be the hub of connecting the communities and managing the site. Send me your links, and websites and such, and I’ll integrate them into the site. Again, although I personally work for Christian Horizons, this is not to be a Christian Horizons ‘thing’, but truly a community gathering of which we are a part. So, let the adventure begin.

If you have a link, website, church, ministry leader, blog, article, discussion, books, etc etc that you’d like to have add to this site (beyond the comments) please forward to ministry@christian-horizons.org.  We’d be happy to post it to the site.

Dr. Neil Cudney
Christian Horizons
Director of Pastoral Ministries

9 Thoughts on “Welcome to the Disability & Faith Forum

  1. Neil this is fantastic! Thank you for taking the time and thinking about all of us affected by disability! I know in time this forum will be a huge blessing to all of us.

  2. Thanks Neil for all the great messages I read and get value from, and congratulations on beginning this forum – great idea! From Australia, can I introduce you to CBM Australia’s Luke14 initiative – http://www.cbm.org.au/luke14

    • Lindsey, looks like an incredible ministry! My parents used to work with Christian Blind Mission in Brazzaville Congo. It would be great to see Luke14 catch on in Canada as well!

  3. Deborah Jeffries on February 7, 2013 at 2:42 am said:

    Thank you for this site. I’m a disabled person and would like to change the way the United States treats the disabled. The lengthy waits and automatic denials without merit, make most people who have disabilities become homeless unless they have a family member that they can live with during the social security appeals process which can take years. I at least live with someone. I have 19 medical conditions including two traumatic brain injuries and still the administration thinks I can work. I was struck by a car, have thousands of medical records and am waiting for a hearing before a judge where I can finally tell my story. There are NO human rights for the disabled in the US and a civilized society should not allow this to occur.

  4. Deborah Jeffries on February 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm said:

    It seems like in the US that the political parties just hope that we (the disabled and with illness) will just go away. The cuts to programs that serve the disabled have left very little assistance and have been devastating in the wealthy region of Connecticut where I live. There is not enough housing or advocacy groups because of the lack of funding. If you are disabled here, you’re pretty much on your own because the advocates have heavy caseloads and housing is filled to capacity. The US was supposedly formed on Christian Judaic values. If this were true, our society would never tolerate the inhumane treatment of the disabled whose lives are tough enough because of our day to day health challenges.

  5. Brilliant.
    As a long-time special educator and university teacher educator (I am the Educational Psychology and Special Education “department” at Trinity Western University) I remember the beginnings when special education happened in the annex or the basement. In the Church the experience was not much different – out of sight out of mind. So it is heartening to see a public forum in which we can explore questions pertaining to disability and theology. After all, should the Church not be at the forefront of the inclusion movement? That will require an awakening to and legitimizing of discussions of the truth of a loving, sovereign, righteous Creator and the apparently paradoxical truth of persons who in human terms are seen as exceptional.

    • Ken, thanks for visiting! There are so many exciting things happening in the field of theology of disability but also many challenges, including challenges to definitions of ‘personhood’ that affect not only people with disabilities but all of us (we will have a series on this starting next week).

      You are spot on that the Church should be at the forefront of the inclusion movement as well as vocal in discussions surrounding philosophy/theology of disability and ministry to people with disabilities. By prioritizing this hopefully we will also facilitate the voices of people with disabilities to be the loudest in these discussions.

      It would be great to hear more about your experiences as a Department 🙂 and if you have anything you would like to contribute to the forum on disability and faith we would be happy to post it!

  6. waseem yousaf on April 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm said:

    Dear Brother,

    The Lord be with you and make God’s face to shine upon you and give you peace.

    I am Waseem Yousaf from Pakistan . I have studied your web site, and have found it to be one of many wonderful sites offered on the internet which gets to the Truth of the Word of God. As is the case with others whom I have contacted, you have created material which is full of knowledge concerning development of religious faith. Living in Pakistan , we Christians face many obstacles in getting access to God’s Word. Most people in Pakistan speak Urdu, and are not capable of understanding the English language. Because of limited access in our native tongue, my people have a true hunger for fresh Christian Perspectives.

    Proficient in both English and my native languages, I would like to offer my services as translator to you. Presenting your material in both Urdu and Punjabi would be a true blessing to the Pakistani and Indian people. For a nominal fee, I will enable you to bring the message of Salvation to a most deserving people.

    Blessing you in advance for your consideration,

    Email: waseemyousaf153@yahoo.com

    In Him,

    Waseem Yousaf
    Pakistan

  7. Hello Waseem, thank you for your comment and I appreciate your heart for the body of Christ in Pakistan. It sounds like a great idea to translate resources into Urdu and Punjabi. You are welcome to use the resources here and make them available in your native languages. We hope they are useful for you.

Your thoughts?