what we do

Theological statement

Adopted October, 1994

We believe that God is a creating and loving God.

We believe that all persons are made in the image of God and that all Christians are members in-corporate of the Body of Christ. The wholeness of the Body is dependent upon the participation of all its members.

We give testimony that God calls us as persons with disabilities and sends us into all capacities of leadership in the total ministry of the Church. Our bodies are the earthen vessels which God has chosen as the medium for the fulfilling of this ministry.

Jesus explicitly separated sin and disability. We proclaim this biblical truth that disability has no relation to sin. Further, because we are all made new in Christ, we proclaim that disability has no relationship to imperfection.

Human touch can be sacred and sacramental, part of the Mystery of Grace. We who have been touched with tenderness and handled with harshness have felt the comforting caress of God's Spirit.

We believe that our spiritual journeys, made in bodies with disabilities, have given us insights which are important to the vitality of the Church. All persons share the bond of pain and suffering; all persons have some form of disability: physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. The quality of shared pain and joy is central to what it means to be a human being. We affirm that cure and healing are separate and distinct, and that wholeness is the deepest need we all share.

In the name of Christ we are hosts and agents of hospitality. We are the church. We claim our place with others in reconstructing the table of Christ so that all may approach it together as brothers and sisters in Christ, one Body, united and whole.