The Media Center recently added several books to our collection to increase understanding of differently abled persons and how best to be in ministry with them. We also created a new Ministries with Differently Abled Persons Pathfinder that lists all of our related resources including DVDs and curriculum for adults, youth, and children.
Beyond Accessibility: Toward Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Faith Communities by Brett Webb-Mitchell
Discover clear, targeted strategies for full inclusion of all members, recognizing and using the gifts that each member brings to the congregation’s life together.
This how-to book gives readers workable strategies and reproducible forms for identifying “indicators of welcome,” encouraging community outreach, and gathering important information about the support needs of people with disabilities and their families.
Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities edited by Robert Walker
Twenty-four ordained and lay ministers join United Methodist Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, D.Min. in relating their stories about the many facets of coping with disabilities including discrimination.
Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality by Thomas E. Reynolds
As a parent to a son with disabilities, Reynolds draws upon that experience and a diverse body of literature to empower churches and individuals to foster deeper hospitality toward persons with disabilities.
Barrier-Free Friendships: Bridging the Distance Between You and Friends with Disabilities by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Jensen
Writing from her own experience as a person with a disability Joni Eareckson Tada joins with her fellow disability advocate, Steve Jensen, to share how you can overcome obstacles that have kept you from becoming friends with those who may be limited by their bodies or their circumstances.
Request These Resources
These resources can be borrowed by anyone associated with the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, free of charge. We can even mail them to you! All you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form.