“I just see myself as someone who can give back, and it really raises a question of mutuality.”

What We Believe

The United Church is committed to becoming an open, accessible, and barrier-free church, where there is full participation of people with disabilities. To start off, the church has been consulting with people with disabilities and their allies and exploring theologies of disabilities.

Jesus sought out the very people who lived with disabilities and marginalization in his society. He found ways of actively engaging them in their communities. But people living with disabilities—a dynamic category that anyone can join at any time—often find themselves on the margins of church life.

You are invited to join us in learning to dismantle barriers to full participation and create safe, trusting spaces that reflect the diversity of Christ’s body.

Ceramic raku
This ceramic raku by Rev. Susan Woodhouse reads "cup of blessings" in Braille. The colours represent discerning the God-given gifts of disability and offering them to God’s people.
Credit: Rae Fletcher, The United Church of Canada

What You Can Do

Related Programs and Groups

For more information, contact 

Emelito Yango
Program Coordinator, People In Partnership, Global Program
eyango@united-church.ca
416-231-7680 x
1-800-268-3781 x

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Downloads

Attachment Size Type
Accessibility Audit for Communities of Faith 159.19 KB PDF
I Am Called Blessed video study guide 87.5 KB PDF
ABCs of Equity, Part 1 288.02 KB PDF
ABCs of Equity, Part 2 260.34 KB PDF