In the American Baptist Resolution on the Church and Ministry with Persons with Disabilities (8024:6/78) (Download PDF 114 kb), the General Board of American Baptist Churches USA calls upon American Baptists “to recognize persons with disabilities as integral members of the Christian fellowship and to take immediate affirmative action to enable their full inclusion in society and in local congregations and in church organizations.”
This statement encourages American Baptists to explore ways “to increase sensitivity and awareness of the importance of being in ministry with persons with disabilities” and to see that church and public facilities “provide adequate and accessible accommodations which invite and assist persons with disabilities in being involved with church life.”
The statement also encourages American Baptists to explore ways in which churches “individually and ecumenically can enlarge opportunities for employment, training, education and service,” while also enabling “concerned and disabled persons to connect with local, state and national support networks.”
The following resources are intended to help you and your congregation spread the word about hiring qualified individuals with disabilities:
“Grounded in Faith: Resources on Mental Health and Gun Violence” is a resource for congregational leaders, disability advocates and other concerned persons who wish to ensure that the ongoing debate around gun violence prevention neither stigmatizes people with mental illnesses nor deprives them of their rights and freedoms. The publication was released by the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities. A member of IDAC, ABHMS provided leadership on the publication.
ABHMS urges support for Medicaid
American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) are two of 36 national religious organizations that signed a letter hand-delivered to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate urging Capitol Hill lawmakers to protect Medicaid from drastic cuts and other harmful changes such as proposed block grants and global spending cap proposals.
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ABHMS asks organizations to sign solidarity statement to support employment of people with disabilities
American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) asks Baptist churches, seminaries, and other organizations to sign a statement of solidarity by Sept. 30, 2011, and pledge to promote employment of qualified people with disabilities.
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ABHMS is considering developing a network for sharing information about disability concerns. Please let us know if this would benefit your ministry by replying to these questions: