2005 DM Resolution: Called to Wholeness in Christ

A Resolution honoring the Accessible to All mandate in the mission of the United Church of Christ

Becoming a Church Accessible to All
Date Submitted: November 6, 2004 Conference Executive Committee

SUBMITTED BY: Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ


The Minnesota Conference calls on United Church of Christ Conferences, Associations, congregations, seminaries, campus ministries and colleges, camps, covenanted ministries and all other UCC organizations to become accessible to all; to embody a philosophy of inclusion and interdependence; and to support and implement the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 — as called upon by the General Synod resolution passed in 1995, “Concerning the Church and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990”, calling the UCC at all levels to embrace the spirit of the ADA.




4 thoughts on “2005 DM Resolution: Called to Wholeness in Christ

  1. I belive that the reason that is has “taken so long to get the A2A going within the UCC conferences” is related to the congregational polity of the UCC. The nation body of the UCC cannot simply tell a UCC church or organization what to do, to think, or how to behave. Change has to come from the local church or local body. Believe me when I say that I understand how frustrating this can be!

    Change will happen and local UCC churches will become A2A sometime, I’m sure; it might just take a bit.

    Please hold on!

    Some of us are trying very hard to get this going in many places around this country.

    • Kevin, I agree with you. We appreciate your hard work in ROcky Mountain Conference. One task of Disabilities Inclusion Associates is to introduce a small part of the Anybody, Everybody, Christ’s Body material in such a way that it is immediately practical and useable. One resource from it, one idea, one item, a seed that will make sense to a particular congregation. DIAs are not car sales people. We are sometimes seed planters. At other times we seed waterers. DIAs who have become very familiar with the resources can listen for specific puzzles that congregatons have. Then a DIA can respond to that specific need with a specific resource. Then they will be more likely to delve further into the resource. I hope you will keep good, brief notes as you proceed so other persons who want to become DIAs in their conferences will
      have guidance. DB

  2. why is it taking so long to get A2A going within UCC conferences and other ministry settings? I live in northern California and in the 4 years since the resolution was adopted I have heard nothing about it!

  3. Our church has done much to over a long time support a now adult with autism who is language and speech impaired but choses to attend and is supported in attending weekly services by the staff at a small group home in the area. I have always wondered if there is president to modify the confirmation process and celebrate this persons ongoing committment to and participation in our church family. Do you have experience with this and any resources that I could use to advocate such a process for our friend who truly is a part of our church family and I believe should be recognized as a member if he and his family and his advocates choose given our outreach to him with suggestions for a modified process.

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