Presbyterians for Disability Concerns

Presbyterians for Disability Concerns welcomes those who affirm, support and advocate for the gifts, rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities in the total life of the church. Four consultants are available to help with questions about welcoming persons with disabilities.


Resources and Articles

PC(USA) Disability Inclusion Sunday | May 28, 2017

Here Am I, Send Me: People with Disabilities and Church Employment

PDC member Alex Brown participating in opening worship service at the 221st General Assembly (2014).

PDC member Alex Brown participating in opening worship service at the 221st General Assembly (2014).

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit: …. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (I Cor. 12:4, 7)

How seriously do we, as the church, take these familiar words? We affirm that each person has abilities to bring to the service of the church, but do we exempt people who live with disabilities?

The 2017 resources offered by Presbyterians for Disability Concerns challenge us to “do justice” (Micah 6:8) in church employment. The worship resources, stories, and articles for Disability Inclusion Sunday, May 28 come to us out of the lived experience of writers with disabilities. They confront issues and give practical ideas for churches that dare to call persons with disabilities for ordained or non-ordained positions.

People with disabilities have answered God’s call and have committed themselves to be faithful. They have said, “Here am I; send me.” (Isa. 6:8) The question is,”Will the church be faithful?”

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Walking With Wounded Warriors: Presbyterian Chaplain Works With Soldiers, Families to Provide Healing, Hope

By Toni Montgomery
When we hear about casualties of war, we tend to think about those who don’t return home. But many in the military do return home with wounds of various types and degree. For the Rev. Lucy Der-Garabedian, who serves with a wounded warrior unit, helping these men and women has been part of her job for the past two years. | Read story

Prayer Litany for Celebrating Abilities and Love

eric_and_christineWritten by Eric W. Edwards (with a little help from his Mom, Christine Cornell)
Eric and Christine are members of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Appleton, Wisconsin. Eric is an active deacon, sharing God’s love with members of his “neighborhood.” He especially likes to go with a deacon buddy to deliver flowers making people happy. Eric also sends cards, makes calls and visits, offers hugs and prayers and never misses a meeting of the Board of Deacons. | Read the litany

Congregational Audit of Disability Accessibility & Inclusion

This Congregational Audit of Disability Accessibility and Inclusion was prepared by the Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PDC) leadership team, in consultation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Disability Consultants. 

Living into the Body of Christ: Towards Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities

This disabilities paper was approved by the 217th General Assembly (2006), includes a study guide. | Download

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