Friday, July 21, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 7/21/17

GCORR video, "Welcoming People with Disabilities"
http://www.gcorr.org/video/welcoming-differently-abled-people-in-church/

Where is the church family? NYT disability series:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/opinion/ehlers-danlos-family.html

"Want to be loving? Learn more."
https://www.facebook.com/RobertVoreOFMH/posts/1805616519749767

Preaching and mental illness:
http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=4937

UM Disability blog: The Ripple Effect
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-ripple-effect-tim-vermande.html


Disability materials from DMC, DHM, and AMD to share at your Annual Conference:
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/

Room at the table: Celebrating people of all abilities
(DMC community event, August 13)
https://www.facebook.com/DisAbilityMinistriesUMC/

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html


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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Ripple Effect -- Tim Vermande

Broad Ripple UMC in Indianapolis takes part in a neighborhood festival every July. This year, as a fund-raiser for a suicide prevention group, the church presented a choral concert and included speakers about various problems confronting the city. What follows are from Tim's prepared notes, addressing the audience about living with a disability.

During the week, if you watched the news, you’ve seen us on the tube, on Facebook, and all the other places, or you’ve heard about it. People with wheelchairs are blocking hallways, empty wheelchairs are sitting in pathways, and people are crawling up steps or otherwise getting in the way to make a point about access, health care, and the infrastructure of getting around.

(Exaggerated voice): the crips are getting restless. Whatever will we do?

We have a word for that: ableism.

Is it a new word to you?

Ableism is the presumption that “normal” (whatever that means) is the way for everyone to go, while anyone who doesn’t fit that definition has “special needs.” It takes many forms, such as ramps that are too steep, congressmen suggesting that I should have made better health choices to avoid pre-existing conditions (sure, before I was even born), being treated more as a medical diagnosis than a person to be included in society, or not assuming competence.

So when asked to speak living with a disability here, I thought the best thing to do would be to keep a diary and go through some notes. Here’s some of what I came up with.
·         In the early years of school, the assumption that since I couldn’t walk well, I couldn’t learn, and the rationalization when I showed them wrong
·         Learning later that a degree in history didn’t make me qualified to teach it, since I can’t coach football
·         The job notice for a computer-based teaching job that required the ability to lift 50 pound loads and carry them up stairs
·         Other job interviews with hurried, barely audible discussion, sometimes followed by an embarrassed “let’s use this room” or “oh, we just filled that job”
·         The last couple of years, when I go to work, the guard meets me at the door, because it weighs too much for me to wrestle with opening it, and the power door has repeatedly misfired and tried to crunch my ankles
·         Like JJ in Speechless, a trip to the store means dodging the people who apparently can’t see me and walk into me, while others jump right in front of me in a hurry, like a track hurdle
·         Wondering what someone was thinking when they placed a floor-mounted grab rail right down the middle of the stall in a restroom
·         Restaurants that, despite a large number of empty and convenient tables up front, can only find us a cramped booth next to a drafty door off to the side
·         Other restaurants where the server asks my wife what I want. Her favorite answer a few years ago was “he’s a graduate student at … ask him.”
·         Ongoing struggle with a hotel chain that can’t figure out that a towel rack isn’t a grab bar, and it takes more than that to be accessible, or even that we reserve accessible rooms because we need them
·         Conversations with some friends who were they can’t join churches because the Bible states that “faith comes by hearing,” so Deaf people aren’t able to have faith
·         Conversations and my own experience with seminary students and pastors who state that I can’t “run the race” of faith or need to be healed to show my faith before I can join
·         Rooms whose doors are just an inch or two too narrow to get through
·         The notes kept of a committee meeting a couple of years ago by someone with an intellectual disability: the committee talked about a bunch of stuff, and we met in an incredibly beautiful room that showed God’s light in so many ways.

Sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. We are so caught up in differences and making up schemes to classify them that we forget that each of us shows God’s light in a unique way.

Or, as one of my favorite cartoons put it, a little girl asks her mother “what’s normal?”

She hears in reply, “Normal is just a setting on the dryer.”

Thank you.


Friday, July 14, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 7/14/17

     Mental Health Friendly Language:
https://www.robert-vore.com/blog/2016/10/11/4-language-changes-to-make-your-church-more-mental-health-friendly

Disability theology and health care
http://mailchi.mp/uchicago/sightings-213621

Not a problem to be fixed:
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-privilege-of-deafness-for-chantal-deguire-the-absence-of-hearing-isnt-a-problem-to-be-fixed/wcm/84caeed5-5c4a-4ea0-8b0c-9c657ce0b0bf

Turning design against stigma:
https://www.hearinglikeme.com/deaf-is-cool-fashion-brand-breaking-down-stigmas-of-hearing-loss/

New book: Max and his hearing aids
https://www.hearinglikeme.com/childrens-book-hearing-aids/

NYT disability series
"I believe strongly that everything should have been made accessible yesterday," https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/opinion/my-life-with-paralysis-its-a-workout.html

Disability materials from DMC, DHM, and AMD to share at your Annual Conference:
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/

Room at the table: Celebrating people of all abilities
(DMC community event, August 13)
https://www.facebook.com/DisAbilityMinistriesUMC/

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html
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Friday, July 7, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 7/07/17

DHM grant reports added:
https://www.umdeaf.org/fund/story.html

UM Com: ministry to people with dementia
http://www.umcom.org/learn/10-ways-churches-can-minister-to-those-with-dementia-and-their-families

Bishop Graves on health care
http://www.awfumc.org/newsdetail/a-word-from-bishop-graves-health-care-for-all-people-8667557


Disability materials from DMC, DHM, and AMD to share at your Annual Conference:
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/

Room at the table: Celebrating people of all abilities
(DMC community event, August 13)
https://www.facebook.com/DisAbilityMinistriesUMC/

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html
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Friday, June 30, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 6/30/17

Disabled people are not an inconvenience
http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a10205286/disability-lorde/

Things Deaf people live with:
http://www.ranker.com/list/things-deaf-people-have-to-deal-with/nathan-gibson

GBCS on health care:
https://www.facebook.com/gbcsumc/photos/a.109517104539.115362.22037974539/10155475282959540/?type=3&theater
and
https://www.umcjustice.org/news-and-stories/our-son-david-and-the-importance-of-medicaid-470

Bishop Palmer on Medicaid:
http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/06/medicaid_is_part_of_a_sacred_p.html

Mercy and justice (and disability):
https://largertable.com/2017/06/21/mercy-and-justice/

Disability materials from DMC, DHM, and AMD to share at your Annual Conference:
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/

Room at the table: Celebrating people of all abilities
(DMC community event, August 13)
https://www.facebook.com/DisAbilityMinistriesUMC/

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html
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Friday, June 23, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 6/23/17

Disability materials from DMC, DHM, and AMD to share at your Annual Conference:
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/

Room at the table: Celebrating people of all abilities
(DMC community event, August 13)
https://www.facebook.com/DisAbilityMinistriesUMC/

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html

Inclusion story from one synagogue:
http://urj.org/blog/2017/06/13/how-my-synagogue-has-prioritized-disabilities-inclusion-and-yours-can-too

Report on CRPD at UN:
https://www.disabled-world.com/news/crpd-sdg.php

Not Dead Yet: problems with assisted suicide bills
http://notdeadyet.org/2017/06/delaware-ndys-daniese-mcmullin-powell-testimony-against-assisted-suicide-bill.html

Black mental health literacy and pastors
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-black-mental-health-literacy-matters_us_5939b099e4b014ae8c69decf

"Inspiration porn" is a problem. Being inspiring is different. Distinguishing the two can be a challenge: http://www.freewheelintravel.org/if-im-your-inspiration-thank-you-very-much/

New Mobility reports on budget cuts
http://www.newmobility.com/2017/05/trump-budget-proposal-slashes-disability-services/

Indiana AC disability advocacy at Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/INUMCDisabilityAdvocacy/

Brief Guide: Ministry with Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened people
https://www.umdeaf.org/resource/cong.html

June newsletter from Deaf and Hard of Hearing ministries:
https://www.umdeaf.org/news/
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Friday, June 16, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 6/16/17

Disability materials from DMC, DHM, and AMD to share at your Annual Conference:
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/

Room at the table: Celebrating people of all abilities
(DMC community event, August 13)
https://www.facebook.com/DisAbilityMinistriesUMC/

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html

Advance information: UMCD-UMCDHM-ECD-ELDA meeting in July 2018
https://www.umdisability.org/180722.pdf


Disability benefits and history
https://stephenkuusisto.com/2017/06/03/the-washington-posts-distorted-view-of-rural-disability/

MHM spotlight
http://www.mentalhealthministries.net/spotlights/index.html

Robert Vore: Dear Pastors
https://www.robert-vore.com/blog/2016/2/17/dear-pastors

NYT Disability series
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/opinion/the-myth-of-disability-sob-stories.html

Ableism: real, pervasive, and subtle
https://thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/12-06-2017/ableism-is-everywhere-dont-leave-it-up-to-the-parents-of-children-with-disabilities-to-challenge-it/


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Friday, June 9, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 6/9/17

Disability materials from DMC, DHM, and AMD to share at your Annual Conference:
https://www.umdisability.org/conference/

Room at the table: Celebrating people of all abilities
(DMC community event, August 13)
https://www.facebook.com/DisAbilityMinistriesUMC/

NAMI campaign for mental health coverage:
https://nami.quorum.us/campaign/4184/?platform=hootsuite

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html

Spirituality and recovery:
https://qz.com/606564/psychologists-have-found-that-a-spiritual-outlook-makes-humans-universally-more-resilient-to-trauma/ (the underlying study is at http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm)

WHO resolution on hearing loss
https://www.hearinglikeme.com/who-adopts-resolution-on-prevention-of-hearing-loss/

AMD letter to Commission on a Way Forward
https://www.umdisabledministers.org/resource/17forward.html

Advance information: UMCD-UMCDHM-ECD-ELDA meeting in July 2018
https://www.umdisability.org/180722.pdf
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Friday, May 19, 2017

News and Notes from AMD, 5/19/17

UM Disability blog: DMC Faith Development Curriculum released
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/05/faith-development-curriculum-released.html

Creating a culture of accessibility (in a specific tech product, but the principles transfer)
https://blogs.dropbox.com/tech/2017/04/creating-a-culture-of-accessibility/

Is the "yes you can" mentality always best?
http://disabilityhorizons.com/2017/05/is-the-yes-you-can-mentality-always-best/

Clergy mental health
https://medium.com/christian-citizen/clergy-mental-health-30b1f960dac

Out of the shadows (suicide prevention)
https://appalachianpreacher.com/2017/05/13/out-of-the-shadows-the-valley-of-death/

Updated resources on accessible emergency communications
http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/updated-resources-accessible-emergency-communications
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Faith Development Curriculum Released

A new faith development curriculum is now available from the Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church. In twelve lessons, with guidance materials, the lessons are suitable for confirmation classes or general church life classes with teens and adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. The lessons can also supplement other classes. Sharon McCart, chair of the committee, states that "barriers to faith development are too often found in complicated language and demanding lessons. This curriculum teaches the concepts of our faith in a way that is adaptable enough for a wide range of ability." 

The lessons include a variety of activities, such as singing, videos, Bible passages, prayer, discussion, and hands-on activities. Although presented in a suggested order for confirmation, each lesson is independent and can be used in sequence, or ordered as needed, or used alone.


The lessons were developed by a team of writers, including Rev. Donna Draeger, Rev. Karen Evenson, Rev. Debbie Hills, Gail Hoffman, Rev. Amanda Larsen, Naomi Mitchum, and Debby Newman. Costs are funded by the General Board of Global Missions. 

The materials may be found at the committee's web site: https://www.umdisabilityministries.org/curriculum/

Faith Development, a series of four vines progressively growing larger, set over the words

Monday, May 8, 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

by Rev. Leo Yates, Jr.

May is known for many observances, but it is also known for Mental Health Awareness Month. In our churches, we often feed the souls of our congregants and visitors, which includes speaking to the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, and this month can reach all of these.

A Huffington Post article from August 2015 lists some eye-opening statistics on mental illness:

  • Half of all adults will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14.
  • One in five children will have a mental illness by age 18.
  • Ninety percent of people who die by suicide also had mental illness.

The Commission on Disability Concerns of the Baltimore-Washington Conference recommends that we take the time to raise awareness about mental health. There's no doubt that some in your congregation are or have experienced mental health issues. Part of raising awareness is by acknowledging the struggles folks may be going through (read some of the Psalms written by King David). Also, talking about mental health helps to remove some of the stigma associated with mental illness. In addition, it helps show that they are not alone and others are going through their own struggles too. Speaking about mental health usually comes from a vulnerable place and it takes some risk to even share our personal struggles; however, it is healing in that it helps to reduce or remove any shame associated with it, while lifting up this important subject.

Some ways to observe Mental Health Awareness Month include:

  • Having special prayers. (Here are some resources.)
  • Include some bulletin inserts. (Here are some resources.)
  • Preach one Sunday on one of King David's Psalms or about Jesus' grief when Lazarus died. The point is to normalize mental health, validate what people go through, and see God's love and grace during our struggles.
  • Invite a speaker to share during coffee hour. Topics include: addiction recovery, depression and/or anxiety, dementia, and grief. The speaker can be an expert or give a testimony. Take up a special offering and donate it to a mental health type ministry or charity.
  • Post mental health-related information on the church bulletin board; include suicide prevention information.
  • If you have a resource table, include educational pamphlets or brochures on depression, grief, anxiety, dementia, addiction, suicide prevention, community resources, and so on. (Here are some resources.)
  • Post or link an article or two about mental health on the church website.(Here are some resources.) Or link to the UM Committee on Disability Ministries and Mental Health Ministries.
  • Show a movie on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, such as Silver Linings Playbook.
  • Read an article about mental health at a youth group gathering, UMW meeting, and/or at an adult Sunday School class. Mention it to parents before reading an article at a youth group. (Here are some resources.)
  • Pray about starting a mental health ministry. (Here is a resource to get you started.)

For more ideas, go to www.mentalhealthministries.net.

As a person who has struggled with anxiety off and on during my life, I know firsthand the importance of maintaining my mental health. Often, we do not want others to know, but it's important we know we are loved, have a place we belong, and are not judged (or criticized) for our struggles. Isolation is often what occurs and we have an opportunity this month to break this trend.

This month, take a Sunday and observe Mental Health Awareness Month. You'll make a difference in someone's or some family's life.

Reference
Gregg-Schroeder, S. (2017). Mental Health Ministries. Retrieved from www.mentalhealthministries.net.

Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. is a provisional deacon serving in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. He is also a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Maryland.

Friday, May 5, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 5/5/17

As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html

Most housing discrimination problems are related to disability:
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/housing-discrimination-us-report

May is Mental Health Month. MHA resources:
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

Over the counter hearing aids
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/24/524946910/is-it-time-for-hearing-aids-to-be-sold-over-the-counter

Tapping the power of neurodiversity
https://blog.dol.gov/2017/04/26/all-about-skills-tapping-power-neurodiversity

Updated information: 4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html
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Friday, April 28, 2017

News and Notes from AMD, 4/28/17

Early bird registration for the 4th Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf ends soon! $325 for four days, three nights and meals! Life changing event! Go to llumc.org/4gmd today!

Civil rights, ADA, and the effects of recent and proposed changes:
http://progressive.org/dispatches/how-to-civil-rights-compliance-with-a-27-year-grace-period/

New efforts at healthcare "reform"
http://fvindiana.blogspot.com/2017/04/new-efforts-to-cut-medicaid-and-repeal.html

A book that may interest some of our members:
https://networks.h-net.org/node/4189/reviews/175984/buckingham-newman-writing-disability-critical-history

How language often isolates people with disabilities:
https://www.thinkinclusive.us/the-real-problem-with-disability-is-how-we-think-about-it/

We have long encouraged thought about the role of God in design:
https://www.hearinglikeme.com/the-hottest-hearing-aid-trend-is-a-perfect-fit-for-your-ear/

This effort is also a reminder that the healing stories of the gospels include community restoration and inclusion:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878568

Pastors need care, too:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/21/who-pastors-the-pastor-even-ministers-suffer-from-suicidal-thoughts/?utm_term=.bd22d7059bff

GBCS on healthcare "reform":
Congress was unable to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) because most of them believed it would harm people they represent.

The AHCA would leave 24 million people without health coverage, end Medicaid expansion, and cut Medicaid by $840 billion over 10 years hurting the most vulnerable among us.

The new changes worsen the bill by giving states the ability to eliminate key protections for people with pre-existing conditions, requirements to cover essential healthcare (e.g. pregnancy visits), and allow insurance companies to set lifetime caps and annual limits. A lifetime cap, for example, could limit services people who are recovering from addiction — a journey that is hard fought requiring consistent support.

As United Methodists, we are seeking improvements to current healthcare laws that increase access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. This legislation is moving in the wrong direction.

Call your Representative TODAY and urge them to Vote No.
Guide: https://umc-gbcs.org/content/articles/Health_Care_Talking_Points__Call_instructions.pdf


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Deaf Church Celebrating 35 Years


By Rev. Leo Yates, Jr.

Almost a generation after its founding, Magothy United Methodist Church of the Deaf is still going strong. It is one of only two Deaf churches in the United Methodist denomination, and is now celebrating over 35 years as a church.
Magothy began as a missional congregation in 1975. The Deaf congregation was approved and chartered as a church in 1982. Flo Johnson, one of the founding members tells of its inception. "My husband, Ed, and I lived in Pasadena, MD. One of the deaf worship services in the area at that time was at the Baptist Church. We weren't drawn to their tradition. In fact, we quite enjoyed Wesleyan history and Methodist hymns. Most Deaf people do not enjoy music since they do not hear it, but we did. We often led hymns during worship,” says Johnson.
"Magothy has evolved over the decades, which initially served the Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families living in Anne Arundel County, to now serving both Deaf and hearing people. In fact, many of the Deaf and hard of hearing individuals attending Magothy Deaf Church are seen serving hearing people in their community, such as assisting with coordination of the church's Door Step Mission (food pantry), making bag lunches for the annual winter relief, through sign language classes for the community, and other ministries. While there is a hearing focus, Magothy still has a deaf focus that includes ministries such as the Deaf Seniors Program and a deaf addiction recovery support group," says Rev. Leo Yates, Jr., a provisional deacon appointed to the church.
“Our Deaf church is very important to my family and I’m thankful it is here for the Deaf community,” says Darlene Koontz, a long-time church leader.
The worship experience caters to both deaf and hearing people, where songs are signed and sung, says Pastor Emily Smiley, the current pastor. "Thirty-five years is a long time for a church and we are grateful to the Baltimore-Washington Conference for financially supporting the church over the years," says Pastor Smiley.
To celebrate this important milestone, Magothy Deaf Church does what many United Methodist churches do: host a potluck lunch after worship. The dinner will be April 29, 2017.
 photo of church from outside, showing a red door and steeple

Friday, April 21, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 4/21/17

Learning to Sing Again (NYT disability feature)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/opinion/learning-to-sing-again.html

Social justice and disability in language
http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/05/social-justice-in-linguistics

UM Disability blog: the body of Christ
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/04/disability-and-body-of-christ-2-broken.html


Fourth Global Mission Conference of the Deaf
http://llumc.org/4gmd


Disability (SSI) isn't easy...
http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/blogs/lynda-waddington/disability-isnt-so-easy-even-for-the-desperate-20170403
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Disability and the Body of Christ: 2, the broken body -- Sharon McCart

“This is my body, broken for you,” said Christ to his disciples in the upper room. They had gathered to break bread together, something they had done many times before in different places. But that night was different. He was about to be betrayed, arrested, tried, and put to death.

And so he said, very seriously, very solemnly----“This is my body, broken for you.”

What is it like to think about Jesus walking all over the countryside, up and down hills, through the wilderness and into the city, and then sitting down to a meal, declaring,
“This is my body, broken for you”?

What does it mean, that the body of Christ is broken?

Some of us understand this more deeply, more personally than the rest of us. Some of us have bodies that are sometimes called “broken.” Legs don’t work or arms don’t work, body parts may be missing or atypical. Brain may work differently. Pain may be chronic. Or there may be other differences, and all may be labelled “broken.”

Christ’s body, broken. Our bodies, broken.
This is not how we usually think of Christ’s body being broken for us.
Why is that?

We usually picture the bread, a loaf torn in half. In fact, usually the loaf is pre-cut so it requires only minimal effort to “break the bread” during the sacrament of Holy Communion. What would it be like to watch the pastor struggle and sweat a bit to tear that loaf in two? Would we run out of patience? 

Would we wonder why it is so difficult?

Would we think about the difficulty of breaking an actual body? The strength it took to drive nails through hands, through feet, cracking bones as they went? The strength that ebbed from the body, leading to death?
“This is my body, broken for you!”

Holy Week is a time when the body of Christ becomes very vivid. He sits on a donkey. He turns over tables in the Temple. He sweats blood as he prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, begging God to do something to take him away from the cross. He is whipped. Crown of thorns on his head. And the horrible, cringe-making image of nails in hands and feet, hanging from a cross, being thirsty and finally a spear in his side, ensuring that he is dead. Carried to a tomb, his body limp and helpless.
Such a physical, bodily week!

Christ’s body, broken for us.

For all of us.

Those of us whose bodies are whole. Those of us whose bodies are called “broken.” All are saved by the love of Christ. All are now the Body of Christ.

The Body of Christ is still broken, for us. Broken so that there is room for all of us. Broken so the light and love and grace can both enter and then be shared even further. Broken so that all of us know that Christ has gone through pain and suffering, human like us, sharing our own pain and suffering.

“This is my body, broken for you.”

Receiving the bread during Holy Communion, we are reminded that he became human like us so that we can share in his divineness, having eternal life.

But for now, with our own broken bodies, we can know just how much he loves us, with everything he was----his own body broken. For us.

Sharon McCart, M.Div., is chair of the Disability Ministries Committee



Friday, April 7, 2017

News and notes from UMAMD, 4/7/17

Fourth Global Mission Conference of the Deaf
http://llumc.org/4gmd

Leo Yates jr ponders the story of Lazarus in a new video at the website (ASL and caption)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuiGXXAX7is

Person first language
https://www.thinkinclusive.us/why-person-first-language-doesnt-always-put-the-person-first/

Awareness: good or problematic?
http://www.rootedinrights.org/why-i-believe-cerebral-palsy-awareness-is-important/

What is missed in disability benefits
https://talkpoverty.org/2017/03/31/washington-post-missed-disability/

Review of Disability Studies 13
http://www.rdsjournal.org/index.php/journal/issue/view/V13i1/showToc

We won't send a newsletter on Good Friday.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

News and Notes from AMD, 3/24/17

UM Disability blog: The Body of Christ
http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-body-of-christ-sharon-mccart.html

NYT disability series: "Cure me? No Thanks"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/opinion/cure-me-no-thanks.html

For those who ask why we push for research and coverage for all:
https://www.gillettechildrens.org/blog/cerebral-palsy-diagnosis-at-80-brings-george-fedor-peace/

DisAbility Ministries newsletter
http://conta.cc/2nVcppa

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Ministries newsletter
https://www.umdeaf.org/news/

LSA Journal: Caring Connections
http://www.lutheranservices.org/sites/default/files/images/pdfs-CaringConnections/CaringConnections%20January%202017%20Vol%2014%20Issue%201.pdf

Medicare and independent living
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Disabled-fear-medicaid-cuts-diminish-independence-stateline-pew-anastasia-somoza.html

Medicaid Per Capita caps
http://kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/what-could-a-medicaid-per-capita-cap-mean-for-low-income-people-on-medicare/

The language more beautiful than words
http://www.bbc.com/news/disability-39302109



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Body of Christ -- Sharon McCart

Disability and the Body of Christ

This morning I opened an e-mail with the subject line, “Brian Bantum on ‘The Reformation and the human body’.” I opened it because, unlike many other e-mails I get, this one intrigued me. I assumed that it would be about Disability Theology, because that’s where my mind always goes when I read “human body.” That kind of thing happens when you have a passion/obsession the way I do.

It is an interesting article, for sure, but it was not at all what I expected. Bantum made several good points, but reiterating them or responding to them is not the purpose of writing this. I was looking for one thing and found another.

So I am disappointed.

I wanted to learn the connections between Disability Theology and Reformation Theology, if I could. I am always up for learning more about the connections between Disability Theology and other kinds of theology. That didn’t happen. The bodies that Bantum has in mind are not bodies with disabilities. And I find this typical. People have their area of focus and disability is not on their screen.

This happens in theologically-oriented blogs. It happens in social justice movements working for the marginalized, where no one seems to notice that they themselves marginalize people with disabilities. It happens in denominational boards and agencies, where people talk about and embrace diversity and people with disabilities do not come up in the conversations or their lives. A company might be “An equal opportunity employer” but too many times that opportunity is not given to people with disabilities. Churches are many times no more inclusive. Even if every staff member is a different race/ethnicity/age/national origin/first language, they will be surprised if you point out that there are no disabilities represented.

Like I said, it isn’t even on their screen.

I am disappointed. Again.

access ramp leading to steps


This is not the first time, nor will it be the last. And it makes me realize that maybe I am the one to help fill the gap. I am setting a personal goal of writing a regular blog. There are other blogs out there about disability. That is not the gap I am seeing. It is the connections between the Body of Christ (aka the Church) and our bodies that have been swept under the rug.

Time for spring cleaning under that rug.


Sharon McCart, M.Div.
March 21, 2017
 Sharon McCart is chair of the Disability Ministries Committee. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

News and notes from UMAMD, 3/17/17

 Health care and daily life
https://ourlifeis.com/2017/03/10/dear-ivanka-lets-talk-about-the-ahca/

The Arc statement on AHCA
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-the-ahca-poses-a-threat-to-people-with-disabilities_us_58cacc52e4b0e0d348b34134

Not Dead Yet on health care
http://notdeadyet.org/2017/03/ndy-in-national-disability-leadership-alliance-opposing-cuts-to-vital-healthcare.html

Per capita caps on Medicaid:
http://www.thismess.net/2017/03/resources-medicaid-per-capita-caps.html

NDRN on changes to ADA
http://ndrn.org/en/public-policy/ada-a-civil-rights.html

Words matter: fighting the stigma
http://www.dallasnews.com/life/healthy-living/2017/03/06/words-matter-fighting-stigmaof-mental-illness

Creating sign language books
http://bookcreator.com/2014/12/creating-sign-language-books-book-creator/

Spirituality and trauma
https://qz.com/606564/psychologists-have-found-that-a-spiritual-outlook-makes-humans-universally-more-resilient-to-trauma/

Reasons to sign when HOH ...
https://ondeafness.com/2016/09/12/14-reason-to-sign-to-your-hard-of-hearing-or-cochlear-implanted-child/



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Friday, March 10, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 3/10/17

Disabled student safety in crisis
http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2017/03/06/keeping-students-with-disabilities-safe-in-lockdowns-evacuations-and-other-school-crises/

The privilege of mental health
http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/07/05/the-privilege-of-mental-health/

Advocacy/ awareness: IRS scam reaches VR
https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-warns-of-video-relay-scam-targeting-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing

Advocacy: GBCS on health care
https://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/health-care-is-a-basic-human-right

Advocacy: AAPD on health care
http://www.aapd.com/action-alert-tell-congress-to-save-healthcare-provisions-that-are-essential-to-people-with-disabilities/

DHM website features Lenten devotions and ASL glossary
https://www.umdeaf.org/

4th global Methodist missions conference of the Deaf
http://llumc.org/4gmd
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Friday, March 3, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 3/3/17

What if...
http://www.keyministry.org/church4everychild/2017/2/20/what-if-this-were-your-lead-pastor

Stigma quiz (you do not need to enter name or e-mail to complete it)
http://letsthinkagain.org/stigma-quiz/

Not Dead Yet: suicide
http://notdeadyet.org/2017/02/anita-cameron-the-disability-perspective.html

Health care and disability
http://brokenandchosen.blogspot.com/

4th Global Missions Conference of the Deaf
https://www.umcd.org/newsnat/1708.html

Advocacy: Easterseals on healthcare
http://www.capwiz.com/easterseals/issues/alert/?alertid=75771626&type=CO



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Friday, February 24, 2017

News and notes from AMD, 2/24/17

"Can you read my lips": a captioned video that demonstrates what it's like to be Deaf
https://vimeo.com/148127830

Putting faith to work: helping people with disabilities find employment
https://medium.com/christian-citizen/putting-faith-to-work-helping-people-with-disabilities-find-meaningful-employment-b9958b62d5fd#.bgc8ysb1x

Positivity Only movement and disabilities
http://www.rootedinrights.org/how-the-positivity-only-movement-has-a-negative-impact-on-the-disability-community/

Accessibility isn't a problem only at conferences. We are grateful to the Disability Ministries Committee for providing guidelines for inclusion.
https://stephenkuusisto.com/2017/02/13/the-awp-and-disability-inclusion-2/

Standing Up for what I Need (is it the same in preaching?)
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/opinion/standing-up-for-what-i-need.html

It's time to retire "able-bodied"
https://laurensmithdonohoe.com/2017/02/19/its-time-to-retire-able-bodied/

Laura Bratton, who spoke to the AMD last year, has written a book about her life story of being born sighted and then becoming blind as a teenager. The theme of the book is overcoming adversity with grit and gratitude. The goal for the book is to empower people  facing challenges to continue living a full life with meaning and purpose.
http://www.ubiglobal.org/book/
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