“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 →

In the winter of 1999, I found myself on a Greyhound bus travelling from Three Rivers, Michigan to Richmond Hill, Ontario. I was moving to L’Arche Daybreak, one of the many communities of people considered intellectually disabled and nondisabled who share life and faith together. A little excited and a little frightened, I went looking for Christian community and a way to live the Gospel. I wound up finding both those things – and a whole lot more. Read More →