Friday, February 21, 2020

News and notes from AMD, 21 February 2020


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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AMD
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DHM/UMCD
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DMC
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MHM
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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
This newsletter is generally issued weekly by the
United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
a caucus of the United Methodist Church.

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This newsletter is also published on the UM Disability Blog
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Friday, February 14, 2020

News and notes from AMD, 14 February 2020


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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AMD
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DHM/UMCD
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DMC
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MHM
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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
This newsletter is generally issued weekly by the
United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
a caucus of the United Methodist Church.

Click here to join this e-mail list.
This newsletter is also published on the UM Disability Blog
Visit us on the web or Facebook.

Friday, February 7, 2020

News and notes from AMD, 7 February 2020


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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AMD
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DHM/UMCD
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DMC
-
MHM
-
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
This newsletter is generally issued weekly by the
United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
a caucus of the United Methodist Church.

Click here to join this e-mail list.
This newsletter is also published on the UM Disability Blog
Visit us on the web or Facebook.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Disability Awareness at Emmanuel UMC

In 2020, the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference observed Disability Awareness Sunday on February 2. Emmanuel UMC in Laurel MD was one participant.


two women, one light-skinned and one dark-skinned, stand side by side, singing
The church had a special service with Rev. Leo Yates Jr., a deacon, preaching. Using Luke 14.15-23, he touched on epilepsy, wheelchair users, hearing loss, autism, dementia, and ableism. Leo states that he found Sesame Street's lessons on social awareness and disability inclusion helpful, as it flowed well with the congregation's recent sermon series, "Good News from Sesame Street."


Leo Yates preaches, behind him is the Cookie Monster

Preparations for the service began with a news item from the conference that announced the observation date. According to the Discipline, conferences designate a day for the observance. Most allow for local choice. The dates vary; some coincide with a state disability week, often early in the year, while others use a date closer to the fall return to school after summer break.
photo of an announcement, plain text, that February 2 is the conference date for Disability Awareness Sunday, and listing ways to participate.

With a local date set, the church placed a notice in their newsletter and bulletins about the upcoming event.
A poster with several symbols for various disabilities, below it is a text with notes about disability awareness Sunday and an information table


At the church, during the fellowship time, there was an information table with handouts featuring the UMC's disability groups.
Leo Yates stands behind a table with brochures about disability awareness

Some of the pieces on the table were bulletin inserts from the Baltimore-Washington Conference Commission on Disability Concerns, a brochure that highlights the different groups supported by the UMC, their work and resources available. The table also promoted the congregation's own signing group that meets monthly.  
poster with hands spelling "ASL" and time of meeting
The church also visits an assisted living facility, where classes are conducted to teach sign language to the residents. The congregation also participates in other disability-related observances, such as Deaf Awareness Sunday and several other events.

Friday, January 31, 2020

News and notes from AMD, 31 January 2020


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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AMD
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DHM/UMCD
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DMC
-
MHM
-
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
This newsletter is generally issued weekly by the
United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
a caucus of the United Methodist Church.

Click here to join this e-mail list.
This newsletter is also published on the UM Disability Blog
Visit us on the web or Facebook.

Friday, January 24, 2020

News and notes from AMD, 24 January 2020


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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AMD
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DHM/UMCD
-
DMC
-
MHM
-
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
This newsletter is generally issued weekly by the
United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities,
a caucus of the United Methodist Church.

Click here to join this e-mail list.
This newsletter is also published on the UM Disability Blog
Visit us on the web or Facebook.

Monday, January 20, 2020

If you knew him, you loved him!

In early January, we reported the passing of Rev. David Seymour, a disabled pastor who was ordained and immediately forced into retirement. There have been many comments and shares (with comments) of this news. We have also received, courtesy of Bishop Johnson, a longer response with more reminiscences about Rev. Seymour, which we share here (with permission).

Hello Dear Parents of a true Man of God!

My name is Rev. Rory Russell, I serve as Chaplain of Sussex Correctional Institution. I am both humbled and honored to write you this love note concerning your son, Rev. Seymour who epitomized the term servant leadership as well as he endured hardship as a soldier of Jesus Christ.

I came to know your son as part of the group Kairos International which is dedicated to bringing the Gospel to the incarcerated. Dave participated in every weekend that he could and his impact on the Men was nothing short than miraculous, at the beginning of the weekend he’d always capture the attention of the Men because he’d appear frail and  fragile.

The Men would slowly warm up to him like a group of people sitting by a warm fire on a cold evening. Perhaps it was his warm character, maybe his infectious smile, his light hearted sense of humor, or his unyielding/unwavering faith that would cause a group of the Men to silently volunteer to be his keeper/handlers throughout the weekend.

Then it would happen he would demonstrate his command of the Scripture when giving his talk about how he was a prisoner as well as the Men! Imprisoned in a wheelchair, imprisoned in this body he’d say, right before telling of God’s good and greatness.

When he’d finish I was always amazed at how through the anointing of God almighty Dave had reached everyone in the room (Security Officers, Inmates, other Volunteers, and most definitely this Chaplain). He had reached us all in a way we’d never forget. During the forgiveness ceremony the Men would lift his chair to the stage and he’d wash our hands and smile!

Yes if you knew Rev. Dave Seymour you loved him, although he was bound to that chair, although he had limited mobility, and even though he suffered pain, he was willing to  serve the men of this Institution.

I’m grateful to God for my Brother Dave, and yes because I knew him I loved him. His memory and legacy serve as an example and guide of perseverance, faith,  and charity! Blessed are those who die in the Lord, yea says the Spirit, for they rest from their Labor.

Rest now Brother Dave I’ll see you in the morning! I know you so I love you. 

Rory Russell