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Ministers with disabilities meet in Washington
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By Rev. Leo Yates, Jr.,Consultant for Global Ministries’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries The United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities (UMAMD), a national caucus that is recognized by The United Methodist Church, met Aug.1-3 on the historic campus of Gallaudet...

Service Dogs at Annual Conference
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It's amazing how God uses service animals to provide empowerment, strength, and support for those with disAbilities, sometimes referred to differing abilities. Service animals came about in the mid-1920s, in which they are trained to support individuals; however, service animals assisting with...

Deaf Awareness means Deaf Empowerment
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September is Deaf Awareness Month. It's a time to learn about Deaf culture, sign language (and even learn some sign phrases), and Deaf history. It's also a good time to become more sensitive to Deaf culture, improve accessibility in our churches, and do a better job of empowering Deaf and hard...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
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May is known for many observances, but it is also known for Mental Health Awareness Month. In our churches, we often feed the souls of our congregants and visitors, which includes speaking to the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, and this month can reach all of these.