The resolution Called to wholeness in Christ: Becoming a church accessible to all (2005 General Synod) called for all churches to extend an 'extravagent welcome' to those with physical, mental and developmental disabilities.

Congregations and individuals in the Southwest Conference are working to be accessible to all (A2A).


RESOURCES

 

Read Robert Koth's report on the national gathering.

"Widening the Welcome: Inclusion for All" [PDF]
 

Mental Illness & Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond by Susan Gregg-Schroeder [PDF]
A resource/study guide for clergy and communities of faith.

Mental Health Ministries [Link]
A resource site that helps faith communities become caring congregations.

Ten steps for developing a Mental Health Ministry in your congregation [PDF] 
Downloadable resource, written by Joanne Kelly and Alan Johnson

Mental Health Network [Link]
The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network works to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of congregations. 

United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries [Link]
This site has news, resources, networking links and more to help congregations explore and become accessible to all. The Rev. Dr. Dosia Carlson, a member of Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix and the wider United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries community has contributed several stories on this site.