The Cal-Pac DisAbility Ministries Task Force’s mission is:
to invite, empower, encourage and support people with disabilities,
to advocate for and open the door for self-advocacy,
to increase awareness of the gifts for ministry of people with disabilities, including people with mental illnesses, and
to work for changes throughout the conference to allow for full participation of people with disabilities in the church.
- Resource for Disability Awareness Sunday (required by the Book of Discipline to be held annually by each congregation)
- UM DisAbility Blog
- Poem: “Them vs. Us” Litany (download .docx)
- Video: The Least Evangelized
- Video: AC2014 DisAbility Presentation
For Local Churches:
- Access to Worship Actions (.docx)
- Accessible COVID-19 Resources (.docx)
- Advocacy Actions with References (.docx)
- Outreach Resource Sheet (.docx)
- Resources for Praying without Words (.docx)
- 2019 Disability Awareness Sunday Resources (download .docx)
- Accessibility Audit, revised Mar 2019 (download .docx)
- 50+ Ways to Make Church More Accessible
- That All May Worship
- 2020 DisAbility Grant Application (.docx) (Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020)
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing:
- Raising Deaf Awareness Means Opening Church Hearts
- Deaf Friendly Christmas Service Resources
- UM Committee on Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Ministries
- DHH Ministries Newsletters
For Teens and Adults with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities:
- Mental Health Ministries
- NAMI (providing training and support for churches)
- Pathways to Promise (providing training and support for churches)
- Local Government Resources:
- Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving (by the Rev. Lorna Bradley) – can be used for starting a support group
- Adam: God’s Beloved (by Henri J. M. Nouwen) – Living with a man with severe disabilities is a much more rewarding relationship than most people would expect.
- Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion (by Mark I. Pinsky) – First-hand accounts that inspire and empower work for inclusion. A rare treat!
- Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome (by Rudy Simone) – A first-hand, well-informed account of life as a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. Includes tips for girls and young women and their parents as well.
- The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God (by Amos Yong) – A readable work on disability theology that is meaningful for the work of the church today.
- The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability (by Nancy Eiesland) – The foundational work on disability theology. Shows that Christ saved us not from a position of power but from a position of weakness. Opens minds and hearts.
- A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability (by Kathy Black) – Helps preachers and laypeople understand another way of looking at the healing passages of the Gospels. Gives a more complete understanding.
- Riding the Bus with My Sister (by Rachel Simon) – An honest story of what a young woman learned about her sister’s gifts and compassionate heart. Profound and moving.
- Searching for Normalcy (by Steven G. Chance) – A young man with cerebral palsy tells his own story of trying to understand where God was on the day he was born.
- Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities (Robert L. Walker, ed.) – A collection of true stories written by members of the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities.
- Unexpected Guests at God’s Banquet: Welcoming People with Disabilities in the Church (by Brett Webb-Mitchell)
- Autism and Your Church: Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (by Barbara J. Newman) – For those who want to be more inclusive of people who are autistic.
- Disability Awareness—Do It Right! Your All-in-one How-to Guide (Mary Johnson, ed.) – Ways to help people without disabilities become more aware of the challenges and the strengths of people with disabilities.
- Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability (by Stephanie O. Hubach) – Insights into the ways that parenting a child with disabilities is the same as raising any child, and how it is different. A very honest and open book.
Chair, DisAbility Ministries Task Force
949.233.7685 | email@example.com