By Howard G. Guetherman UM Committee on Disability Ministry
Do you know about the United Methodist Committee on Disability Ministry? At the 2012 General Conference, the twenty-one year old Disability Task Force gained status as a committee.
To keep individuals and each of the conferences up to date, there is a website, a Facebook page and a newsletter that comes out every other month. Look for posts with opportunities for you and your church to Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors to people of all abilities.
This month, please take a look at accessibility. The Book of Discipline (Paragraph 139) mandates that we be inclusive. Further, Paragraph 2352 requires every church to conduct an annual Accessibility Audit. This is part of the annual charge conference reporting requirements. An audit won’t take a lot of time, and church members can conduct it. To view sample audits, just visithttp://www.umdisabilityministries.org/2410.html.
If your New Year’s resolution includes learning, consider getting Professional Certification. There is a new certificate in Ministry with People with Disabilities. Certification includes five courses to add to your personal experiences. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/ctbus3m .
“God sees individuals with gifts, while humans often focus on limitations and fail to understand God’s will” says Chairperson Deb Wade of the North Alabama Conference. She works with Patricia Magyar, the GBGM UMCOR liaison to the committee, and national representatives. To learn more contact Howard G. Guetherman at 11156 West Cameo Drive Sun City, Arizona 85351-2566,, or 623-933-1540.