In the American Baptist Resolution on the Church and Ministry with Persons with Disabilities (8024:6/78), 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:
- Bulletin insert: “Expanding Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities”
- “Expanding Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities: Suggested Steps for Congregations”
“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.