Monthly Archives: September 2014

30 feet in 8 years-A Journey to Inclusion

Over the past eight years I have written many times about my daughter and our experience trying to find a place for her in the church.  Sometimes encouraging, other times, difficult to read, but all stories relevant to the bigger issue of inclusion of persons with special needs into faith communities.
This particular story, a summary of the first eight years of our journey, will hopefully serve as an encouragement to those just beginning their journey as special needs parents looking to include their children, those wonderful, special children, into their own faith community. I dedicate it to all those parents out there struggling to figure out how to make worship work for their child.   I am also hopeful, as our country embraces a wave of efforts for inclusion through a strong faith and disabilities movement, that their journey will be less lengthy but just as meaningful.
30 feet in 8 …

Lights of God by Darryl Orrell

The bible teaches that we are to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength and second to this, we are to love others as we love ourselves. In my experience, no group of people comes closer to living out this teaching of love than those with special needs. I say this because they are among the most loving, accepting, caring and humble people I know— seems Christ-like to me. I say this because they are among the most loving, accepting, caring and humble people you will ever meet and I believe in many ways, walk closer with God.
I consider it a privilege and an honor to call these people not only my friends, but also my brothers and sisters in Christ. I would be remiss if I did not take a moment and somewhat introduce you to some of these specially …