Friday, February 16, 2018

News and Notes from AMD, 2/16/2018

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
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
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A Disabled God: A Lenten Devotional (prayers section)
https://www.umdisabilityministries.org/dasunday/
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Mental Illness and Religious Leadership
https://sarahgriffithlund.com/2018/02/06/shining-a-light-on-mental-illness-in-religious-leadership/
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How mental health experts explain ...
https://www.wthr.com/article/how-mental-health-experts-explain-school-shootings-to-children
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DMC: Adapting for those who are blind or low vision
https://www.umdisabilityministries.org/access/blind.html
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Friday, February 9, 2018

News and Notes from AMD, 2/9/18


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
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
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UM Disability Blog: DMC and the future
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2018/02/dmc-and-future.html
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NYT disability series: The Nazis' first victims
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/opinion/nazis-holocaust-disabled.html
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The curiosity of a child
https://www.missionalwisdom.com/julian360/2018/1/30/the-curiosity-of-a-child
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MHM: CRAWL model for church
http://hope4mentalhealth.com/act/start-your-own
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Missional Wisdom: Are we invited?
https://www.missionalwisdom.com/julian360/2018/2/2/are-we-invited
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ADA threatened
https://mailchi.mp/dredf/urgent-save-the-ada?e=e34afd9a97
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Monday, February 5, 2018

DMC and the Future

Disability Ministries logo

February 4, 2018                        

Greetings! 

Last month representatives from the DisAbility Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church and the co-chairs of the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities caucus met in Atlanta at the Global Ministries (GM) office to discuss the future of the committee. GM staff attending were General Secretary Thomas Kemper, Executive Director of Global Health Dr. Olusimbo Ige, and US Health Program Manager Sabrina Rodgers. Also present were Bishop Peggy Johnson (Pennsylvania Episcopal Area) and David F. Watson, Academic Dean and Associate New Testament professor at United Theological School.

After decades of being our source of financial support, Global Health (a division of GM)    announced last August that they had decided to end our funding as of May 31, 2018. We thank all of you who have since expressed support and offered help. We want you to know the hopeful outcome of this recent meeting.

Thomas Kemper explained a possible plan to restructure the Disability Ministries Committee. The basis for the change is threefold:

  • Global Ministries/Global Health is not a good fit for us.
  • We have already made connections and worked with a number of other boards and agencies.
  • The Book of Discipline states that annual conference disability concerns committee will work with jurisdictional accessibility associations to share information, and those jurisdictional associations currently do not exist. 
Our vision is that we belong to the entire denomination and not just one agency. This has moved closer to reality with the proposal of this plan. This is what it looks like so far:

  • The hope is that the DMC might become an entity that has an appointed bishop to oversee it. This needs to be approved by the Council of Bishops. If it is approved, the appointed bishop would become the chair and be better able to advocate for us.
  • Thomas Kemper plans to approach the Executive Secretaries of the boards and agencies we are working with to discuss a more collaborative way of funding us, based on the work we are doing.
  • If they agree, the Council of Bishops could move to form the jurisdictional accessibility associations named in the Discipline. These associations would then have a positive impact on starting and sustaining annual conference committees. 
We have always been a bottom-up movement. We have accomplished much, but we are not as well-known or as well-utilized as we would like. It's time to add a top-down approach so that support and action comes from both ends. Just like we don't get very far with a congregation unless the pastor and/or other church leaders are on board, we need this top-down piece to be able to have greater impact.

This plan is still in formation. There are still a number of unanswered questions but the door to further discussion is open and the Holy Spirit is very much present.

Yours in service to Christ,

Sharon McCart

Chair, DisAbility Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church




Friday, February 2, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 2/2/2018

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
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
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The Man at the Airport
https://largertable.com/2018/01/22/the-man-in-the-airport/
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NPR: a few things to know about ASL (DHM Resources page)
https://youtu.be/wa0nxppMJ-Q
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MHM: A sermon of truth about depression
https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2018/A-Sermon-of-Truth-About-Depression
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January-February newsletter from DHM
https://www.umdeaf.org/news/
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DMC: bulletin inserts for disability awareness
https://www.umdisabilityministries.org/dasunday/
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Accessibility at YOUTH 2019
http://youth2019.com/2018/01/31/all-are-welcome-accessibility-at-youth-2019/
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Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 1/26/2018

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
http://www.umcd.org/download/2018registration.docx
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Assisted suicide: duty to die for disabled?
http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/365326-how-assisted-suicide-laws-are-creating-a-duty-to-die-medical-culture-
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Disabled or person?
http://www.shannondingle.com/blog/disabled
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DHM Congregational Resource: Deaf Awareness Sunday
https://www.umdeaf.org/resource/cong.html
DHM Captioning Resources: 21st century captioning
https://www.umdeaf.org/resource/caption.html
DHM ASL resources: A few things to know (from NPR)
https://www.umdeaf.org/resource/asl.html
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Social media and Deaf
https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/how-social-media-became-a-game-changer-for-the-deaf-community/514223/
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NYT disability series, panic disorder
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/opinion/panic-disorder-disability.html
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MHM: nurturing mental health
http://amysimpson.com/2018/01/10-ways-we-can-all-nurture-our-mental-health/
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Click here for a list of events of interest to people in disability ministry.
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Friday, January 19, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 1/19/2018

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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We've discussed medical and social models of disability; this article asks the same about hearing:
https://psmag.com/news/the-culture-clash-over-cochlear-implants
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Putting the person first in person-first language:
https://www.thinkinclusive.us/why-person-first-language-doesnt-always-put-the-person-first/
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Presume Belonging
https://www.missionalwisdom.com/julian360/2017/11/17/presume-belonging
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What inspiration stories miss
https://themighty.com/2016/03/disability-inspiration-stories-what-they-miss/
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Home page for NPR series on disability and assault
https://www.npr.org/series/575502633/abused-and-betrayed
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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, January 12, 2018

News and notes from AMD, 1/12/18

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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GCORR: 4 ways to increase equity for all
http://www.gcorr.org/4-ways-to-increase-equity-for-all-physical-and-mental-abilities/
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NPR is presenting a series on disability and assault, transcripts are available:
https://www.npr.org/series/575502633/abused-and-betrayed
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Six ways your church can welcome people with disabilities
http://www.outreachmagazine.com/features/19247-church-disabilities-ministry.html
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The struggle for interpreters
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/26/at-rural-mn-hospitals-deaf-people-struggle-for-interpreters
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Viewing disability from God's perspective
https://www.missionalwisdom.com/julian360/2018/1/5/viewing-disability-from-gods-perspective
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"Like the mic"
https://loopseattle.org/2017/06/26/do-you-like-the-mic/
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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 disability symbols
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United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
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