Join me as I interview Christ Morris from Redefining Normal. Building Hope about what it is like to walk into a church as a special needs family, and what happens when church hurts.
Questions for reflection:
What could the church have done differently in the situation the Morris family faced?
Why is it that in some faith communities there is still a belief that disability is a result of demon possession?
What should the leadership of a church do when these comments are said about families impacted by disability?
How often should a church be talking about what the Bible has to say about disability?
What should churches do to educate their congregations on issues of disability?
Think about your church, what can your church do to embrace disability?
The power of story:
Stories are powerful agents of change. They teach us and inspire us to change, to move to action, and to create solutions. Sharing stories about what happens when church hurts are shared not to berate the church, but to encourage us all to find solutions. To dig deep into the word of God and to know God’s heart towards people and families impacted by disability.
The Morris family has found a church family where they belong, but it did not come without pain in other places. What if they had walked away after their first negative and painful experience? Are there families missing in our churches because they too were faced with accusations and myths about disability? what can we, the church, do to restore and heal those families who have been hurt?
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