Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Community

Ministry for People Living with Disabilities

Ministry with People with Disabilities


“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. …Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”  I John 4:7, 11-12

Our office seeks to:

● Engage congregations in discovering ways to be hospitable and accessible to all people.
● Create relationships through which people living with disabilities become active church members and leaders.
● Foster increased awareness that people living with disabilities have gifts which they can contribute to the larger church.

We will endeavor to:

● Gather and share innovative resources and identifying best practices
● Collaborate/explore with existing Episcopal networks and ecumenical colleagues trainings/projects on accessibility  
● Collaborate with all Episcopal Church Center staff

Together, let us strive to transform the church into a physically and spiritually hospitable and accessible place for all people.

Please feel free to contact me so we can engage on lively conversation as we work together to help the church become a truly inclusive body.  

Angeline Cabanban
Diversity, Social and Environmental Ministries Associate ,  DIVERSITY, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTRIES
E-mail: acabanban@episcopalchurch.org
Phone: (212) 716-6186

Episcopal Disability Network (EDN)
Episcopal Conference of the Deaf (ECD)
Interfaith Disability Connection (IDC)
American Bible Society

Diversity Includes Disability, PPT
Diversity Includes Disability is a PowerPoint presentation (16 pages) by Br. John Miers, who has worked as a grants management specialist, budget officer, administrative officer, management analyst, science policy specialist, and the Director of the Office of Diversity and Employee Advocacy Programs in the National Institute of Mental Health. He retired in 2005 from the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management where he served as the Senior Advisor for Disability Issues.


“Loving Justice: The ADA and the Religious Community” - For information, please contact Ginny Thornburgh at GThornburgh@aapd.com

A Theology of Disability and Hospitality by Thomas A. Reynolds.  Brazos Press. Pp. 256.  $24.99.  ISBN 978-1-56743-177-7

That All May Worship: An Interfaith Welcome to Persons with Disabilities, 1992.  For information, please contract Ginny Thornburgh at GThornburgh@aapd.com.

From Barriers to Bridges: A Community Action Guide for Congregations and People with Disabilities.  For information, please contract Ginny Thornburgh at GThornburgh@aapd.com.

Books on CD From the Large-Print Ministry:

To order one of the CDs below, please send a self-addressed, stamped 6x9-inch envelope with four 42-cent stamps attached (five on a padded envelope) to Ann Dahlen, 1900 6th Ave., Apt. 513, Rock Island, IL 61201. Please add more postage when ordering more than one CD.

Please indicate which CD(s) you want. Two CDs can be sent in one unpadded 6x9-inch envelope. 

A donation of any amount to help cover costs is always appreciated, as the Large-Print Ministry is a lay ministry that is not a part of any diocese, church or organization. Please make checks out to Ann Dahlen.

For more information on the Large-Print Ministry, please email Ann at a.dahlen@att.net.

The large-print Book of Common Prayer (BCP) CD includes the entire Book of Common Prayer (1979) of The Episcopal Church USA. The Revised Common Lec-tionary is included. The CD material is formatted in Microsoft Word™ and is mainly in 18-point Times New Roman type.  It is laid out for 8.5 x 11-inch pages and can be used to help prepare Large-Print worship materials.

The large-print edition of Sing Praise to Our God CD includes large-print lyrics to the 338 hymns from The Hymnal 1982 of the Episcopal Church, USA that are in the public domain. They are in Microsoft Word™ and 20-point Arial type. The hymns are laid out for use on 8.5 x  11-inch pages and can be printed out as part of Large-Print service materials.

The large-print edition of Prayers & Psalms for Today is a CD that can help those who are hurting in body, mind and/or spirit. It includes selections from Prayers and Thanksgivings, Prayers for the Sick, Prayers for Use by a Sick Person, and the Book of Psalms from The Book of Common Prayer (1979). The CD is in Microsoft Word™ and is mostly in 20-point Arial type. It is laid out for use on 8.5 x 11-inch pages.


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Diversity Includes Disability


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