Friday, August 26, 2016

News from UMAMD, 8/26/2016

New York Times series on disability:
--1, pride
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/opinion/sunday/becoming-disabled.html
-- 2, Finding refuge with the skin I'm in
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/opinion/finding-refuge-with-the-skin-im-in.html

Report from Exclusion and Embrace conference
http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/disability-justice-and-spirituality-focus-of-australia-conference

Guide for clergy leave
http://network.crcna.org/disability-concerns/guide-clergy-leave-absence-mental-health-reasons-toolkit

"Nothing to contribute"?
http://thegatheringplace.us/2016/05/19/1686/

A Bracelet's path for Deaf school uniforms
http://www.umdeaf.org/mission/bracelet.html

Disability Advocacy: Family Leave
https://blog.dol.gov/2016/08/18/caring-for-elderly-parents/

Disability Advocacy: Violence against people
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-e-heumann/violence-against-persons-disabilities-global-human-rights_b_11610252.html

Disability Advocacy: Report from Roll on Capitol Hill
http://wheel-life.org/hollister-supports-roll-on-capitol-hill-legislative-advocacy-efforts-for-wheelchair-users/

Disability Advocacy: Disability Integration Act
http://cqrcengage.com/cdrnys/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=238953

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Friday, August 19, 2016

AMD this week, 8/19/16

What do we really need healing of?
http://whydisabilitymatters.org/disability-and-healing/

Donna Fado Ivery presented at the joint DMC/AMD meeting in Dallas in 2015. Her new CD, Dancing Through the Pain, will be available on Sept. 1.
http://adventuresinhealing.com/store/#dvd

What do clergy need for positive mental health?
https://carducc.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/what-do-clergy-need-for-positive-mental-health/

Newsletter from Mental Health Ministries
http://www.mentalhealthministries.net/spotlights/index.html

Mental health and poverty
http://www.newsweek.com/what-governments-can-do-help-mental-health-487144

UMCom: Breaking the taboo
http://www.umcom.org/learn/breaking-the-taboo-how-the-church-can-help-people-with-mental-illness

Pew Trust report: care for lifetime
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/08/10/what-happens-to-developmentally-disabled-as-parents-age-die

Understanding and support for trauma victims
http://network.crcna.org/safe-church/understanding-and-supporting-survivors-trauma

Advocacy Alerts
DREDF on ADA Education and Reform bill
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d8372142072c8ce7f2e90e349&id=70afd44c28

Disability advocacy: NAMI presents the platforms of the two major parties on mental health matters.
http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2016-Election-Platforms

Disability advocacy: MHA presents "vote with mental health in mind"
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/vote16

Group calls for universal health care. "The United Methodist Church therefore affirms in our Social Principles (¶ 162V) health care as a basic human right and affirms the duty of government to assure health care for all."
http://www.occupy.com/article/us-doctors-call-universal-healthcare-abolish-insurance-companies#sthash.nXn64lAk.dpbs  

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Friday, August 5, 2016

News from UMAMD, 8/5/16

Welcome as a Way of Life: a practical theology of Jean Vanier
http://wipfandstock.com/welcome-as-a-way-of-life.html

Disable Poverty initiative
http://disablepoverty.org/what-is-disable-poverty/#action

Process Theology and Disability Theology
http://www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org/process-theology-and-disability-theology-finding-ways-to-do-things-differently.html

To Sign or not to sign
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/the-pulse/93692-to-sign-or-not-to-sign

Where (and by implication, what) do you learn about disability?
https://largertable.com/2016/08/03/where-do-you-learn-about-disability/

How "differently abled" marginalizes disabled people
http://www.autistichoya.com/2013/08/differently-abled.html

Parish accessibility (America Magazine)
http://americamagazine.org/issue/out-shadows

Advocacy: a thank you card to Senator Tom Harkin for his work on the ADA
(note that this is part of a political campaign, but the thank you appears to be forthright)
http://ia.monicavernonforcongress.com/page/s/commemorate-the-ada--


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Friday, July 22, 2016

This Week's News from AMD -- 7/22/16


Disability Ministries Committee newsletter
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1104745249463&ca=64b521f4-66ba-4a15-9ff2-a9f239f58732

Ramp Ministries update and SAWS newsletter
http://www.umdisabilityministries.org/widen/ramp.html

Making a way: blind scholar creates tools
http://adnetonline.org/Blog/Pages/2016/Making-a-way.aspx

Newsletter from disability.gov
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/1570a0c

Requesting an interpreter, video from Great Lakes ADA center
https://youtu.be/6cuXRgcq32g

UM Disability blog: full emptiness
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2016/07/full-emptiness-diane-mettam.html

Event: Christ UMC of the Deaf Sign Choir at Smithsonian Museum of African Art
https://africa.si.edu/event/seeing-sound-deaf-sign-choir/--


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Full emptiness -- Diane Mettam

It’s all been almost too much.  I can’t seem to shake this illness which affects different areas of my respiratory system.  Several friends have passed away in the last month or so.  Two more died this past week.  Another is fighting cancer and several serious diseases piled on top of each other.  A beloved teacher in my old hometown was murdered by her husband, who then took his own life.  My current wheelchair is not working so I’m using my old one, which has some problems but can get me around if I don’t press it too hard.  And I’ve started the painful process of requesting a new one from my physician and my insurance company.  I am fatigued beyond words. 

I say it has almost been too much.  But it has not.  I may be down, but I am not out.  God is with me.  Christ sustains me.  I can do this!

Saturday was the celebration of life service for one of the pillars of our church here in Eureka.  It was also the service for my dear friend in Bishop who went to be with the saints.  And it was the day another church member here in Eureka went home to God.  His wife called me early in the morning to let me know.  I consoled with her, and made arrangements to sit with her during the church service later that day, where we hugged each other and shared our grief.

I recently watched a film about Mother Teresa called The Letters.  In it I learned that Mother Teresa suffered from what she called emptiness; she didn’t feel the presence of God within her, she felt totally alone.

I, too, often feel empty (not that I am, or could ever, compare myself to Mother Teresa), and I wonder if that is what allows me to give to others with such joy.  I feel a connection to God when I am serving others.  Perhaps not feeling God within her allowed Mother Teresa to see the face of Jesus in others.  Perhaps feeling empty allows each of us to serve as conduits, to allow the mighty force of God’s love to flow through us.  If things are going too well, perhaps we don’t think of God as much, and we don’t feel the need to reach out to others.  And perhaps we don’t rely on God so much.  Maybe empty isn’t such a bad thing.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:37-39

And that love empowers us to do more than we could ever imagine doing on our own.  We can dream dreams so big we can change the world. 


Dear Lord, Thank you for loving us.  Thank you for empowering us to share your love and your message with others.  Thank you for giving us the desire to want to make things better, and the strength to see things through.  With your help, we know we can build your kingdom here on earth.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen
lilies floating in a pond, reflection of a chapel in the water

Friday, July 15, 2016

News from UMAMD, 7/15/16

UM Disability blog: the man born blind
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-man-born-blind-chris-wylie.html

Deaf theology: late night thoughts:
http://signsunseen.com/?p=31

A previous announcement mentioned a document adopted by the WCC. "The Gift of Being" can now be read at http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/a-vaere-menneske-er-a-vaere-sarbar.

What did we do before eyeglasses: a reminder of the role of social attitudes and technology in disability:
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/07/484835077/what-did-nearsighted-humans-do-before-glasses

Words matter: talking about mental health in church
http://themighty.com/2016/04/how-we-should-talk-about-mental-illness-in-the-church/

Hearing and Language overview
https://www.canaccess.org/accessibility/survey-overview/hearing-and-language-overview/

L'Arche lessons:
http://americamagazine.org/issue/larche-lessons

Advocacy and ministry:
http://www.doforone.org/

Advocacy: MHA survey for mental health caregivers on inclusion
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3BRRYPG

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