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on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 15:32

The girls are chatting at break time and talking about the party at Amber’s house. They all seem to be going, but you have been left out. The boys line up against the wall to choose teams. Everyone else is chosen and the teams are even, so you are not allowed to play – you have been left out. “You must be 4 feet tall to ride this ride.” How come you are the shortest member of your after school club? Left out of the fun again. It’s possible we all remember a story like this from our childhood. Stories we would rather forget!

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on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 18:39

by Linda Aalderink
 
Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).” Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:2-4
 

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on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 13:50

Choosing Grace:  Choosing Presence
by Michael Hoggatt
Read Part 1:  Moving from "I" to "We"
 
But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”

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on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 01:41

Choosing Grace: Moving from "I" to "We"
by Michael Hoggatt
 
Much of what keeps individuals with disabilities from belonging, whether in personal relationships or more communal ones, is not an issue of difference, but rather an issue of Grace. Over the next two weeks, using lessons learned from life with my daughter, I want to examine a couple simple choices that can create opportunities to both give and receive Grace within our relational spaces, including those spaces which include persons with disabilities.
 

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on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 12:32

In anticipation of the upcoming release of TOGETHER, our inclusive Bible study curriculum,  we wanted to give you a peek at the Scope and Sequence, and also explain a little bit about the overall plan for this study.

Not sure what TOGETHER is? Check out our blog post from a few months ago that explains in greater detail the vision and purpose for this exciting new Bible study offering.

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on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 15:48

by Erik W. Carter
Read Part 1:  On Belonging
Read Part 2:  Dimensions of Belonging
Read Part 3:  More Dimensions of Belonging

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on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:41

by Erik W. Carter

Read Part 1:  On Belonging
Read Part 2:  Dimensions of Belonging

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on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 15:24

by Erik W. Carter
Read Part 1: On Belonging
 
We all want to be part of some larger community. To find our home in the midst of others. Although a sense of belonging is no less important for people with disabilities and their families, it can sometimes seem more elusive.
 

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on Monday, May 9, 2016 - 19:25

by Erik W. Carter
 
We were not made to be alone.
 

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on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 15:21

by Marvin Miller
 
The three of us met on the first day of Kindergarten.  And like typical five year olds dropped into the strange world of structured yet unstructured education, we were amazed at all things new:  The green plastic army toys, the smooth grained wooden blocks, and the foreboding board books with grand illustrations and unknowable “words” on each page. 
 

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