The Discipline, the book of procedure and legislation of The United Methodist Church, states that the church is to be inclusive, and that it should enable every person to participate in its life (¶139). It further states that all persons with "mental, physical, developmental, neurological, and psychological conditions or disabilities" are fully human and full members of God's family, with a rightful place in church and society. In recognition of this status, the church is to be in ministry with all people who have any special need, and to enable their full participation in its activities. The church is also to be an advocate for equality (¶162).
To recognize and affirm these statements, a Disability Awareness Sunday is to be observed annually. The date is determined by each Annual Conference. An offering may be received for disability ministries if the conference chooses to do so (¶265).
To assist congregational planning, here are resources for disability awareness observances. If you know of others, please use the Contact Us form and we will gladly include them.
Rev. Dr. Beverly Hall
Chair, Committee on Disability Concerns
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH,
near Akron-Canton Airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW.
North Canton, OH 44720
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