Affirmation Resources

Affirmation

  • Some good ideas used by congregations to welcome worshipers of all abilities and their families in the area of affirmation
 
 

10 Tips for Affirmation

  • 10 easy ways to welcome worshipers of all abilities in the area of affirmation
 
 

How You Can Make A Difference

  • Educate your congregation about disability etiquette with this bulletin insert
 
 
 

Clergy Guide

  • Guidelines for clergy, ushers, and lay leaders on how to be more inclusive in their house of faith
 
 
 

Congregant Needs Survey

  • Find out what accommodations your congregants need
 
 

Mental Health Ministry

  • Tips to help minister to individuals with mental differences
 

Communication Resources

Communication Ideas

  • Some good ideas used by congregations to welcome worshipers of all abilities and their families in the area of communication
 
 

10 Tips for Communication

  • 10 easy ways to welcome worshipers of all abilities in the area of communication, and information on how to use language that promotes dignity and respect.
 

Additional Resources

Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Idea

  • Ideas to make the physical structure of your house of faith more accessible
 
 

10 Tips to Increase Accessibility

  • 10 easy ways to welcome worshipers of all abilities in the area of accessibility
 
 
 

For Religious Educators

Different Gifts, Same Spirit Lesson Plans

Use the Different Gifts, Same Spirit lesson plan series to teach elementary, junior high, and high school students how to welcome students and worshippers of all abilities

Available in booklet format from Loyola Press or download a free version:

Bulletin Items for TEAM W Month

Celebrating TEAM W Month is one way to focus on welcoming worshippers of all abilities. Please consider observing TEAM W Month in August or choose another month that is more convenient for your congregation.

Celebrating the unique gifts of all members helps create a stronger and more welcoming faith community.

The following series of items can be used in bulletins, on websites, or in newsletters to help spread awareness about how each of us can welcome worshippers of all abilities.

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More Resources for TEAM W Month

Prayer Cards

 
 

Music

  • Congregations are granted permission to use the original song “Open Doors” in perpetuity.
 

Blessings