Friday, June 22, 2018

News and Notes from AMD, 22 June 2018


News

Here are the highlights of postings this week from the Association of Ministers with Disabilities, Disability Ministries Committee, Mental Health Ministries, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Ministries Committee, and UM Congress of the Deaf:
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"Awkward Moments": first of a series of videos about disability
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZqdBHG6w7A
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Learn some ASL online
https://www.meriahnichols.com/learn-asl-online/
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Handling stress
http://www.keyministry.org/church4everychild/2018/6/7/how-to-handle-the-stress-of-special-needs-ministry
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Hearing loss becoming the new normal: will your church be ready?
https://livingwithhearingloss.com/2018/06/12/will-hearing-loss-soon-be-the-new-normal/
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Harmful inclusion
https://thethread.ptsem.edu/leadership/harmful-inclusion
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A reminder of Wesley's model: salvation is also for this life
https://sarahgriffithlund.com/2018/06/12/getting-saved-its-not-what-you-think/
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Making the broken beautiful
http://mentalhealthgracealliance.org/christian-mental-health-and-mental-illness/
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Suicide Culture Shock
https://sarahgriffithlund.com/2018/06/09/suicide-culture-shock/
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Events

Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
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Free webinar: Audio Description, June 28
https://www.3playmedia.com/resources/webinars/webinar-registration-06-28-2018/
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UMCD, DHM, ELDA, ECD joint meeting in Las Vegas, July 22-29
https://www.umcd.org/
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UMAMD Meeting and Academy, August 1-3
Registration is at capacity. E-mail to be placed on waiting list.
https://www.umdisabledministers.org/meeting/2018.html
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Northeastern Jurisdiction Deaf Ministry Conference, November 9-10
https://www.umcd.org/newsnej/1811info.pdf


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Friday, June 15, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 15 June 2018


News

Here are the highlights of postings this week from the Association of Ministers with Disabilities, Disability Ministries Committee, Mental Health Ministries, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Ministries Committee, and UM Congress of the Deaf:
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Annual Conference handouts from DMC
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/
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Disability is a natural part of the human experience:
https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/gazette_opinion/op_ed_commentaries/paul-smith-disability-is-a-natural-part-of-the-human/article_bfd71763-2656-51ef-b850-a66e7b4d1bcc.html
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The Lies of Suicide
https://pastorchrisowens.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/the-lies-of-suicide/
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EDAN report
https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/diversity-and-inclusion-at-conference-on-world-mission-and-evangelism
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Alzheimer's resources from Tennessee AC
http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/the-united-methodist-church-releases-free-alzheimers-dementia-resource
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The Blessing of friends outside of ministry
http://www.pnwumc.org/news/the-blessing-of-friends-outside-of-ministry/
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MHM: meditation
https://www.bphope.com/blog/how-meditation-helped-me-regulate-my-bipolar-disorder-symptoms/
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Events

Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
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Free webinar: Audio Description, June 28
https://www.3playmedia.com/resources/webinars/webinar-registration-06-28-2018/
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UMCD, DHM, ELDA, ECD joint meeting in Las Vegas, July 22-29
https://www.umcd.org/
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UMAMD Meeting and Academy, August 1-3
Registration is at capacity. E-mail to be placed on waiting list.
https://www.umdisabledministers.org/meeting/2018.html
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Northeastern Jurisdiction Deaf Ministry Conference, November 9-10
https://www.umcd.org/newsnej/1811info.pdf


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          disability symbols
This newsletter is generally issued weekly by the
United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
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This newsletter is also published on the UM Disability Blog
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Friday, June 8, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 8 June 2018


Here are the highlights of postings this week from the Association of Ministers with Disabilities, Disability Ministries Committee, Mental Health Ministries, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Ministries Committee, and UM Congress of the Deaf:
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UMCD, DHM, ELDA, ECD joint meeting in Las Vegas, July 22-29
https://www.umcd.org/
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
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UMAMD Meeting and Academy, August 1-3
https://www.umdisabledministers.org/meeting/2018.html
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Northeastern Jurisdiction Deaf Ministry Conference, November 9-10
https://www.umcd.org/newsnej/1811info.pdf
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Annual Conference handouts from DMC
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/
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UMCs build ramps in New Mexico
https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2018/06/03/new-mexico-ramp-project-helps-elderly-disabled/667579002/
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Stairs that fold into lift:
https://www.facebook.com/thisisinsiderhome/videos/1955174461162258/
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NYT disability series: we are the original lifehackers
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/opinion/disability-design-lifehacks.html
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A cure for ableism
https://everydayfeminism.com/2018/05/a-cure-for-ableism/
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(Inspiration) Porn Star
https://pastorjimmymac.blogspot.com/2018/06/inspiration-porn-star.html
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MHM Spotlight, Summer 2018
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1104745249463&ca=2b8756c0-28db-487a-b5b4-6e2fe8866440

Mental health system is broken
http://www.cacatholic.org/hope_and_healing
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The role of hope
https://www.bphope.com/get-your-hopes-up/
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Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
UMAMD logo with the UM Cross and Flame and several
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Friday, June 1, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 1 June 2018


Here are the highlights of postings this week from the Association of Ministers with Disabilities, Disability Ministries Committee, Mental Health Ministries, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Ministries Committee, and UM Congress of the Deaf:
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UMCD, DHM, ELDA, ECD joint meeting in Las Vegas, July 22-29
https://www.umcd.org/
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
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UMAMD Meeting and Academy, August 1-3
https://www.umdisabledministers.org/meeting/2018.html
note: CEU's now available
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Northeastern Jurisdiction Deaf Ministry Conference, November 9-10
https://www.umcd.org/newsnej/1811info.pdf
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Annual Conference handouts from DMC
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/
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Accessibility: "check your assumptions"
https://vimeo.com/267488716 (captioned video)
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Pastoring an ability-inclusive church
https://www.bethanymckinneyfox.com/blog/pastoring-an-ability-inclusive-church
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Unacknowledged crisis: violence against disabled people
http://cdrnys.org/blog/advocacy/the-unacknowledged-crisis-of-violence-against-disabled-people/
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DHM May newsletter
https://www.umdeaf.org/news/
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Accessibility and Advocates
https://www.missionalwisdom.com/julian360/2018/5/29/advocates-and-allies
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The disabled savior
https://www.thebanner.org/features/2017/03/the-disabled-savior
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Faith, Spirituality and the DSP: Strategies for Promoting Meaningful Inclusion Faith and Spiritual Communities
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1704535883725349379
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Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
UMAMD logo with the UM Cross and Flame and several
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United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
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Friday, May 18, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 18 May 2018


Here are the highlights of postings this week from the Association of Ministers with Disabilities, Disability Ministries Committee, Mental Health Ministries, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Ministries Committee, and UM Congress of the Deaf:
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UMCD, DHM, ELDA, ECD joint meeting in Las Vegas, July 22-29
https://www.umcd.org/
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
Nominations for Hasenstab and Moylan Awards are being accepted now at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOVU6p5aw3qg4z8Qh1SqUYKtdPBA4ZMT-N3bUMzKvxEtmOHg/viewform?usp=pp_url
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UMAMD Meeting and Academy, August 1-3
https://www.umdisabledministers.org/meeting/2018.html
update: schedule revisions
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Northeastern Jurisdiction Deaf Ministry Conference, November 9-10
https://www.umcd.org/newsnej/1811info.pdf
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Annual Conference handouts from DMC
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/
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First responder mental health
http://www.newsherald.com/news/20180506/firefighters-break-down-mental-health-stigma-by-seeking-help
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Disability ministry FAQ, new at website
https://www.umdisabilityministries.org/faq/
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One way to reduce stigma
https://mhn-ucc.blogspot.com/2018/05/one-way-to-reduce-stigma-and-isolation.html
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DMC Response to Amendment 2
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2018/05/dmc-response-to-amendment-2.html
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Update to Congregation Guide to Assistive Listening Devices
https://www.umdeaf.org/resource/cong.html
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UM church and others help man with hearing needs
http://www.theledger.com/news/20180508/group-efforts-provided-transforming-help-to-student-with-hearing-and-heart-problems
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Gifted, struggling, and disabled
http://nprillinois.org/post/why-so-many-gifted-yet-struggling-students-are-hidden-plain-sight#stream/0
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Pentecost, disability, and amendment 2
https://theviewfromthemat.com/2018/05/17/making-pentecost-accessible-to-all/
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Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there will probably not be a newsletter next week.

Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DMC Response to Amendment 2


The DisAbility Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church is disappointed that Amendment II has not passed. This amendment to the United Methodist Church’s Constitution would have added the word “ability,” among others, to ¶ 4, Article IV. If this amendment had passed, the last line would now read, “…no conference or other organizational unit of the Church shall be structured so as to exclude any member or any constituent body of the Church because of race, color, national origin, ability, or economic condition, nor shall any member be denied access to an equal place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church because of race, color, gender, national origin, ability, age, marital status, or economic condition.”

Because gender and age were also new to this paragraph, and because “status” was narrowed to marital status only, we believe that the reasons this amendment failed are multiple and perhaps complicated. We do not, therefore, understand these results alone as an indicator that the United Methodist Church does not welcome people with disabilities. We are already planning to petition General Conference 2020 to add this or similar language to that paragraph.

We must add, however, that this defeat is painful for us when we add it to the removal of our committee from The Book of Discipline by General Conference 2016. In 2012 we had been named under UMCOR Health as one of the responsibilities of the General Board of Global Ministries. We have spent many hours and much energy over the past months responding to that deletion, always with the great hope that this amendment would pass, giving support to our work in new ways.

To say we are disappointed is actually a great understatement. Our feelings are both broader and deeper than that. Our work will continue without this official denominational support. We are determined and we are called! We have great plans and we know we are following Jesus Christ, who did not overlook and ignore people with disabilities. He gave them what they needed and restored them to community. We dream of a day when the entire United Methodist Church will follow Christ in this way, bringing healing to hearts and restoration of fellowship to all people, including people of all abilities.

Sharon McCart
Chair, DisAbility Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church
  

Friday, May 11, 2018

News and Notes from AMD, 11 May 2018


Here are the highlights of postings this week from the Association of Ministers with Disabilities, Disability Ministries Committee, Mental Health Ministries, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Ministries Committee, and UM Congress of the Deaf:
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UMCD, DHM, ELDA, ECD joint meeting in Las Vegas, July 22-29
https://www.umcd.org/
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
Nominations for Hasenstab and Moylan Awards are being accepted now at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOVU6p5aw3qg4z8Qh1SqUYKtdPBA4ZMT-N3bUMzKvxEtmOHg/viewform?usp=pp_url
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UMAMD Meeting and Academy, August 1-3
https://www.umdisabledministers.org/meeting/2018.html
revised schedule and online registration now available
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Northeastern Jurisdiction Deaf Ministry Conference, November 9-10
https://www.umcd.org/newsnej/1811info.pdf
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Christ Deaf UMC runs on a ministry-focused road
http://www.bwcumc.org/news-and-views/christ-deaf-umc-runs-on-a-ministry-focused-road/
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Small-church disability ministry
https://www.ellenstumbo.com/small-churches-disability-ministry/
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MHM: The Opposite of Denial
https://mhn-ucc.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-opposite-of-denial-by-karl.html
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Acceptance and awareness
http://idahonews.com/news/local/autistic-adults-we-need-acceptance-not-just-awareness
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Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
UMAMD logo with the UM Cross and Flame and several
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