“One of the insidious harms of privilege is the subtle way it convinces people that some are more valuable and necessary to the body of Christ than others.” – Amy Julia Becker
One of the coolest things about serving at Hope Heals last week was the blurred lines between people with disabilities and typical people. Marilee became friends with a boy with a vision impairment who was there as a volunteer. Penny served as a volunteer and also participated in camper activities. As the mother of a child with a disability, I too could have been on the giving or receiving end.
There was a recognition of the reality that some of us are in positions where we need care and assistance right now. There was also a recognition that all of us have the capacity to serve, no matter our status as “able” or “disabled.”
Abled Privilege in Church
I had a chance to write a short piece (which you can read here) about the way churches inadvertently exclude people with disabilities from inclusion and worship and ministry for a new book Everybody Belongs, Serving Together.
Everybody Belongs, Serving Together
This book includes practical ways to integrate the typically developing population and individuals with disabilities. But it also offers a change in perspective, a way to see what it might mean for us all to serve alongside one another and mutually benefit from one another’s presence.
Continue Reading: The Hidden Impact of Abled Privilege in the Church by Amy Julia Becker
Learn more with Amy Julia:
- In Her Own Words: Penny on Church and Faith
- S3 E15 | Who Belongs? Disability and the Built World with Sara Hendren
- S4 E13 | Disability, Friendship House, and Interdependent Community with Matt Floding
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