Bulletins for Annual Conference 2019

The following links are for PDF-OCR files of the bulletins for  Annual Conference 2019, to be held from May 30- June 1st at the Hershey Lodge.  The Rev. Jennett Wertz will provide ASL interpretation for the worship services.  Priority seating for people with disabilities and/or their companions will be available near the front of the auditorium. 

Amanda Gene: A Disability Awareness Blogger Who Is Chasing Her Dreams (Interview)

Having a disability is not easy, but I am inspired by the fact that Amanda Gene does not allow her disability to define her. Instead, she is working to redefine the way the world sees disability. Amanda Gene is a freelance writer from Florida with a BA in Print Journalism and a minor in professional education. Amanda Gene uses her gift for words to raise awareness about disabilities. Amanda and I are both passionate about showing the world that people with disabilities can do anything able bodied people can do - we just do it a little differently.

Thriving Blind by Kristin Smedley is Changing the Way the World Sees Blindness

Thriving Blind by TEDx speaker and rare disease mom, Kristin Smedley, is changing the way the world sees blindness. When both of Smedley's sons were born with a rare disease that caused them to lose their sight, she and her family chose thriving over merely surviving. Krstin's new book shows parents of children with sight loss raise their children to thrive.

R. Holland, Chair of Disability Ministries, Uses Her Writing to Raise Awareness About Disabilities

My name is Rebecca and I am a preacher, musician, and a writer. I am also visually impaired. As a woman of minority descent with a visual disability, I feel a deep sense of call to work to make the church and society a more inclusive space for all of God’s children, especially people with … Continue reading R. Holland, Chair of Disability Ministries, Uses Her Writing to Raise Awareness About Disabilities

16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities

  Accessibility does not have to be expensive. Although accommodations like an elevator or accessible restrooms are ideal, we understand that such renovations can frequently seem out of reach for many small congregations. Luckily, there are many relatively easy and inexpensive ways your church can start being more inclusive to people with disabilities! In this article by … Continue reading 16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities