In this third video from David Fitch, he talks about the different ways of engaging with people in three ‘circles’ of interaction with one’s faith community, one’s home or small group, and in one’s neighbourhood or community. Practicing faithful presence with one another means being present in all three circles. Read More →

“People with various disabilities are those who are immensely gifted, obviously, to see things and do things that maybe I can’t see. But the bottom line is that I am able to see God’s presence at work in them… and then they’re able to engage me and a space is opened up, a very unique space. And this is the way that God has created the world, for us to be in these social spaces of transformation.” Read More →

In this first video, we talk about what Dave means by Faithful Presence. God doesn’t bulldozer in to people’s lives. Rather, He wants to be with us and to work with us to heal and renew the world. Our attitude here is important, however. If we set out to “heal and renew the world” as a task or a project, invariably we will act on our own ideas and out of our own ideals. A posture of faithful presence opens us to hear how God is already at work in the lives of people around us, rather than feeling as though we somehow “bring” God into the world. Read More →

From Longing to Belonging

Shelly Christensen, MA, is a leader in the growing faith community disability inclusion movement, an international speaker, and consultant to many faith congregations and organizations. She recently wrote From Longing to Belonging-A Practical Guide to Including People with Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions in Your Faith Community as a resource for faith communities. I had Read More →

"Merry Christmas" sign with lights.

It’s that time of the year again! For some, the Christmas season is a time of joy, peace, and celebration. For others, it’s a time of managing expectations, sensory overload, and hectic schedules. For most of us, it’s a mix of all of the above! Today on the blog we feature some helpful resources for churches and families navigating the holidays. Read More →