Creating Welcoming Churches a disability resource for faith communities is being introduced to   Dunedin , during the course on Practical Theology of Disability and Mental Health taught by Professor John Swinton at Knox College.  The book launch is on Thursday 4th February 2016, at Frank Nicol Room, Hewitson Wing Knox College, Arden Street, Opoho, at 5.30 pm.

“The book has been produced by the Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network Aotearoa New Zealand, a group with strong links both in the church and the disability communities”, says network chairperson Rev Vicki Terrell, who is also an Anglican priest.

Most people in the network have lived experience of disability and we’re all passionately committed to making churches places where all people are affirmed as having gifts to share.

“There are many people in New Zealand who because of their eyesight, hearing, mental health, learning disabilities or mobility find it difficult to be part of the church family, and that’s frustrating. Too often, Christians only think of  people with disability as needing healing,  rather than needing access to be fully included as part of the family.”

This is a practical guide on how to make church environments more accessible to all people including people living with disability.  Whether someone comes to church as a casual visitor or is part of the regular congregation the environment needs to be welcoming.

This resource begins with basic  theology which affirms all people are made of the image of God and all who follow Christ are active participants in the Church, the body of Christ.  From this understanding   flows the rest of the book .  It is a mixture of practical advice, reflection and stories of churches embracing the challenge of accessibility in different ways.

The book, which is aimed at all churches and faith communities, was made possible through funding from the Joint Special Project Fund of the Association of Presbyterian Women and Methodist Women’s Fellowship.

The book itself has been well received throughout the church and disability communities.

For detail of the event please contact Catherine van Dorp email .

For more information about the book, please contact Rev Vicki Terrell: Chairperson of Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network Aotearoa New ; phone 027 304 3062.


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