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What Does Inclusion in the Church Look Like?


Originally posted on Reflections at the crossroads of faith and disability:
by David Morstad When it comes to people with developmental disabilities, integration into typical environments is always the best option.  Or is it?  One look at where people with…

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My Name is Not “Those People”


Minnesotan Julia Dinsmore has known poverty all of her life and is no stranger to homelessness. Her childhood was marked by frequent moves, chaos and episodes of violence — her mother struggled with mental illness, her father with alcoholism. As … Continue reading

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Healing Peace …


Originally posted on My Soul In Silence Waits:
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do…

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Congregational Resources for Disability Week (Oct 10-16)


Originally posted on Journey Toward Shalom:
Disability Week (October 10 – 16) encourages congregations to grow in becoming places of belonging for everyone and places to engage their gifts in ministry—with a particular focus on people with disabilities. Christian Reformed…

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Congregational Resources for Disability Week (Oct 10-16)


Disability Week (October 10 – 16) encourages congregations to grow in becoming places of belonging for everyone and places to engage their gifts in ministry—with a particular focus on people with disabilities. Christian Reformed churches (CRCNA) and ministries are encouraged to celebrate Disability … Continue reading

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Why Reformed Christians Hate Being “Reformed”


Originally posted on Stacey Midge:
The author of today’s letter is Audrey Edewaard, a 2016 graduate of Western Theological Seminary who was a Corresponding Delegate to this year’s General Synod. Send your #WeAretheRCA letter to revstacey@gmail.com, or if you’d like…

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Engage 2016: A Multiethnic Gathering—Why You Should Be There


This summer from June 8-10 plan to attend “Engage 2016: A Multiethnic Gathering” hosted by the CRCNA and located on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more . . . Engage 2016: A Multiethnic Gathering—Why You Should Be … Continue reading

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In Praise of Urban Public Schools


This is a reblog from The Twelve written by my daughter-in-law, Kate Kooyman My oldest son is in kindergarten this year. We send him to our neighborhood school, and we live in an urban neighborhood. But don’t let that impress you. … Continue reading

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Needed: A Paradigm Shift for CRC Deacons


We need to shift from viewing diaconal ministry primarily as something done “to” or “for” others to more of one which does ministry “with” our neighbors, communities, businesses, and churches. To read more of my post about and for deacons in … Continue reading

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Big Changes Ahead for Deacons in the CRC


I I recently wrote a post for the CRC’s Network blog addressing some of the changes ahead for deacons following this year’s historic decision by Synod. Instead of functioning largely as “lone rangers”, the approved changes invite deacons to equip and … Continue reading

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