Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friendship key to inclusion

This article talks about the message heard by faith community members and service providers that friendship is key to inclusion and a way toward ending exclusion in congregations, churches and faith communities. Although this sounds simple, many of the special ministry groups that have been set up still segregate those with disabilities, as opposed to providing opportunities for them to actively engage with all members.

The article provides concrete examples from congregations and communities as they realize that the intangibles are just as important as providing ramps, braille materials or sign interpreters. It also discusses the efforts of programs such as Links of Love and Peaceful Living.

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