On Sunday, 9th May our own David Nankivell is going to help us consider the theme of disability and inclusion, drawing on his own story. This is one of multiple conversations exploring the various nuances of this topic that we will hold over the coming months.
This is part of our new series looking at the practice of inclusion and what it does/ can look like in a variety of areas of life and faith. The clue is in the name, but we see inclusion as a core part of our spirituality and our justice-seeking as a community.
You can watch today’s 4pm gathering on YouTube or on Facebook Live. Join us afterwards on Zoom at 5:15. (You will need to be logged into a Zoom account with a public account name in order to access this Zoom. Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635, Passcode: 123674).
Song – You’re Beautiful (Ali & Ellie)
Question for Sharing (Vanessa):
How have you seen new skills or giftings emerge from unexpected or difficult life experience?
A liturgy for disability … by Stephanie Tait
God our creator, reveal the ways we have discounted the beauty of your intentionally diverse design. Show us the ways we ignore our privilege and claim credit for your heavenly mercies as personal accomplishment.
God of love, show us the ways we have excluded disabled bodies from our tables, from our pews, and from our pulpits. Reveal the ways we have discounted the giftings of disabled people. Teach us how to make a place where they are not only welcome to receive, but where they are empowered to serve, teach, and lead us as well.
Show us how to wholly welcome disabled bodies in our churches, homes, and communities. Teach us to better honour them for their vital role in your Kingdom. Lord, use us to bring justice for those who are disabled. Whether in our church, in our community, or throughout the world, we pray that they would experience dignity, acceptance, and belonging.
Let the change begin with us. Rid us of the sin of ableism, and lead us in the way of your justice—on earth as it is in heaven.
Scripture Reading: John 10:7- 16 (Danielle)
7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me[a] were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.[b] They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
Reflection – Disability & Inclusion (David N)
Disability, Christians & Spiritual Abuse (interview with Damon & Zoe)
Song – Who You Say You Are (Common Hymnal)
Love Feast (Faith)
Song – Born this Way (Eeek)
*Giving to IGB
What’s Coming up (Danielle)
Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.”
At 5:15, we’ll reconvene on Zoom to chat more about the themes from the gathering. (Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635 Passcode: 123674)
*If you are part of our community and would like to make a gift toward Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, you can do that here. Anything you give helps to support the costs of making church happen and allows us to be generous as a community. There’s no pressure to give!
If you’ve got any questions about Inclusive Gathering Birmingham or would like to have a chat with someone from our community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch.
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