Disability Ministries

Disabilities ministry

“Our culture tends to not value people with disabilities as whole persons,” says Bishop Peggy Johnson. “But the goal for any religious group is to help people see with new eyes that people with disabilities are truly valuable and have skills and abilities that enhance the faith community.”

Through advocacy, education and empowerment, the Disability Ministries Committee is leading The United Methodist Church in creating a culture where people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of worship, leadership and ministry.

Eastern PA Conference Disability Committee

 Tell Us About Your Church Disability Ministry/Disability Awareness Sunday!

NEJ Deaf Ministry Virtual Summit, August 8

Grace UMC in Philadelphia will host the Northeastern Jurisdiction Deaf Ministry Virtual Summit via Zoom on Saturday, August 8, from 3 to 5 PM. The theme is “I Am Redeemed.” Included are a brief worship service with a message by Bishop Peggy Johnson, plus guest speakers, breakout sessions, ministry recognitions, and a business meeting. Voice interpretation will be provided.
For questions about the virtual event, contact Rosalind McKelvey roz.mckelvey@gmail.com.
For registration questions, contact Rev. Leo Yates at RevYates@eumclaurel.org .

Disability Ministries Resources

NEW: COVID-19 Resources

The DisAbility Ministries Committee of the UMC has developed resources to help congregations be inclusive of people with disabilities as they switch to meeting online and doing things differently. These were linked in our most recent newsletter.

Deaconess Lynn Swedberg, the committee’s Disability Consultant, recommends the following resources:

Other Resources:
Resources from the United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries:

External Resources