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As I write this, I am on my front porch watching the daily life of my neighbourhood. This lovely spot has been my home office for the second summer in a row. As much as I love being in the fresh air, I am missing being with my work colleagues. We’ve all experienced some losses, some joyful moments, and just everyday life without the ability to experience these things in community as we once did. I miss simple things like surprising a co-worker with a much needed coffee or chocolate. I am so thankful that we have started, or are planning to start returning to the office again (depending on which side of the border we all work on!)

However, during our time apart, I was amazed at the collaboration that happened within ministries, across ministries and amongst volunteers. A pandemic did not get in the way of creating community! Faith Formation Ministry, Pastor Church Resources, and CRC Disability Concerns worked together to update an excellent resource focused on the mental health of church leaders: Developing Healthy Dialogues Around Ministry Leaders' Mental Health.

Together, our ministries encourage classes to make space for important discussions around mental health and ministry leadership. What does it mean to lead in our current climate? What does leading look like in this liminal space? How can we support one another, approaching this idea from the perspective of good mental health? Consider sharing this resource with your classis today!

—Becky Jones, Editor

Have you considered writing for Breaking Barriers?

Breaking Barriers newsletter has a print circulation of about 80,000 print copies per quarter plus over 2500 electronic subscriptions to Christian Reformed and Reformed Church in America churches and many individuals. Here’s what we are planning for the next issue, and we’d love to have your contributions.

Winter 2021—Young people with disabilities
In Canada and the United States, about 13 percent of people ages 15–30 live with a disability. Are you one of them? Please tell us a story (up to 400 words) about living with a disability when nearly 90 percent of your peers do not. Send your submission by September 27, 2021.

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Disability Concerns Leadership Training 2021

We are just 1 week away from our annual Disability Concerns Leadership Training Event 2021. This year our conversation will focus on the lived experience of young adults with disabilities in the church and on what the church needs to do to welcome and engage with them in church life. Join us - for free! - on August 11th and 12th for these important conversations. This training event will be hosted online and is open to everyone interested in this conversation. Register today!

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Do you have a passion for justice and advocacy?

Young Adults: Join the Disability Advocacy Journey!

Are you between the ages of 18 and 30? Do you have a passion for justice and advocacy work? In an exciting collaboration, CRC and RCA Disability Concerns and RCA Next Generation Engagement want to help you turn your passion into action. Our focus will be specifically on disability advocacy. Young adults from west Michigan, northwest Iowa, and central and capital regions of New York can apply to join a cohort in your specific region. Training events and coaching will take place online. Do you know someone who would benefit from this experience? Nominate them! Application process is open until August 23, 2021.

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Introducing our newest resource

Our Newest Resource is Released:
Everybody Belongs, Serving Together

Hot off the press! Our new print version of Everybody Belongs, Serving Together just arrived in our warehouses! We want to thank an exceptional team that worked tirelessly to produce this third edition of our resource. Not only has this resource been updated significantly, but it is now available in print, as an audiobook (US version, Canadian version), as an eBook, and as an online resource (including interactive content!). Explore this new resource with others at a webinar series in October. (See below.)

Learn more here!


Disability Concerns Canada October Series 2021

Everybody Belongs, Serving Together:
Launching the Newest Resource for Supporting People with Disabilities in Faith Communities

Interested in diving in and engaging in conversations that are key to Everybody Belongs, Serving Together? Great! Join us every Thursday evening in October when we host a series focused on unpacking material from this book with key people engaged in the work of disability advocacy. We look forward to having you join us!

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Summer 2021 Breaking Barriers

Summer 2021 Breaking Barriers: The Arts and Disability

The Holy Spirit has gifted some people with imagination and artistry that generate delight for all of us when it finds expression. In this issue, people with and without disabilities share their creative expression in poetry, story, song, and image. 

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Disability Concerns is excited to announce that we are now on Instagram! Our handle is @dis_ability_concerns. Like us and follow us on Instagram today!

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Without monetary support for Disability Concerns, we wouldn’t be able to share these stories. To help us make sure that “everybody belongs, everybody serves,” would you please consider praying for us and making a financial contribution? It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a gracious and beautiful act of obedience.

You can donate to the ongoing work of Disability Concerns at the CRCNA here.

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This mostly monthly e-newsletter is a ministry of Christian Reformed Church in North America and Reformed Church in America Disability Concerns ministries.

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