The UCC Disabilities Ministries Board’s Nominations Committee is seeking people who are passionate about disability ministry who would like to serve on our Board. Our Board is made up of people with disabilities, professionals who work in the disability field, and family members of people with disabilities. Our mission is to encourage our denomination to create worship and meeting places, programs and leadership, classes, and activities that are accessible to all (A2A) and welcoming and inclusive of all persons with disabilities.
Some of our short term goals include increasing our voice and presence from the pews to the national planning boards; development of curriculum and programs for people with intellectual disabilities; building the Kreyer Scholarship Fund for students with disabilities who wish to pursue theological education; and increasing our web and social media presence.
Someone interested in serving with us should be someone who is a member of a UCC church, regularly reads, responds to, and is comfortable with using email; can devote a minimum of ten (10) hours a month to this work, which includes a monthly conference call meeting of about 90 minutes to two hours. The Board also meets in person annually, usually over a two day period to set goals and plan for the year; annual meeting is schedule by the Board and recently has been occurring in the fall. A Board term is six (6) years and includes a willingness to make a financial commitment to our disability ministry each year.
Some of the specialized gifts we are seeking this year are: web and social media development skills, creative, effective fundraising talents, event planning skills, financial skills, writing and editing expertise, and having a Bold Voice. Above all, we welcome all those with a great passion for disability ministry. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to learn new skills and experience personal growth and knowledge of the workings of our denomination.
We encourage interested candidates to visit our website at http://www.uccdm.org to learn more about us. Located there are Board updates, our blog, and the application. We look forward to hearing from you soon! The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2014.