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Sharing our Gifts with Joy

By |2023-12-13T11:12:41-05:00December 13, 2023|Church ministries, Developmental services, Stories|

To better understand what joy means, we met with Steven in Ottawa. Steven radiates joy. Steven loves Christmas. He is a part of Parkway Church South of Ottawa, where he is looking forward to singing Christmas carols and hearing about Jesus’ birth “He was born in the manger,” Steven says. When we asked what Steven likes about the holiday, we found out that he is excited about the gifts. “I like presents,” he says, laughing.

Faithful Portrayals of Disability in the Chosen

By |2022-01-06T14:35:49-05:00January 10, 2022|Reflections, Theology, Uncategorized, Videos|

One of the reasons I am especially grateful to writers and producers of The Chosen series is for their faithful portrayals of various Bible characters with different disabilities throughout the series, and for their insight into how some of Jesus’ disciples might have very well been people with disabilities. In so doing they show that people with disabilities do not need to be cured in order to follow Jesus or to serve him well.

Holding Out Hope

By |2021-06-03T15:38:55-04:00June 3, 2021|Reflections, Uncategorized|

It has been my responsibility and privilege to hold out hope with people who have struggled to hold it on their own. Offering light to one another must not overshadow the real pain that people experience, but small gestures and words of encouragement remind us that grief will not have the last word.

Insights from the movie Penguin Bloom

By |2021-02-23T20:37:34-05:00February 23, 2021|Assisted dying, Reflections, Reviews, Uncategorized|

The movie Penguin Bloom is highly refreshing because it opens a window into the physical and emotional pain that is often associated with adjustment to disability [...] Most importantly it shows each member of the family journeying through their own experience of grief related to disability and eventually coming out the other side, not wishing to die but learning to spread their wings and fly with reinvigorated passion for life.

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