Committing to a more accessible and barrier-free church
The United Church of Christ USA is a full communion partner of The United Church of Canada. Every few years, it organizes a national conference called Widening the Welcome (WtW) jointly hosted by its Disabilities Ministries and Mental Health Network. The conference is one way for the church to become more accessible. The event is packed with speakers, worship, workshops, and networking opportunities.
For the WtW conference in November 2018, The United Church of Canada sent a small delegation of people with disabilities, and their allies. They were all committed to the United Church’s desire to become a more open, accessible, and barrier-free church where people with disabilities can fully participate in all areas of the church’s life.
The United Church of Canada offered financial support for people to attend the conference, which was possible through Mission & Service. Some delegates would not have been able to attend without this support.
The delegates found the conference an amazing learning experience and came back from it transformed and even more passionate about disability ministries. One of them said, “I came back with strong enthusiasm to share this knowledge with my church and promote accessibility in The United Church of Canada.” Moved by the conference, other delegates have created and led worship and offered educational sessions in their own ministry contexts. Through Mission & Service, people of The United Church of Canada have been inspired to make the church even more open, accessible, and barrier-free for all!
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Find out what the United Church is doing and what you can do to widen the welcome for people with disabilities.