Of the 8.5 million people in New York City, it’s estimated that nearly 900,000 people live with disabilities. Many people with disabilities face profound social exclusion—they are moved involuntarily and separated from others, excluded from commonplace socializing, denied personal agency over their lives, or even exposed to abuse and neglect.
In this workshop, we will discover some of the root causes of this social exclusion and, by doing so, begin to see the profundity of doing ordinary things with extraordinary love. We’ll discuss how we can move from excluding people with physical or cognitive disabilities to cultivating communities of welcome, belonging, and growth through hospitality and genuine relationships.
Our hope is that you’ll come away understanding that we are missing something vital in our churches and communities when we prize the powerful over the powerless. We want to help you feel better equipped to address this issue as we connect with those affected by disability and stand in solidarity in our conviction that all are made in the Image of God.
Please let us know if there are any special requests or accommodations you or someone you know may need in order to fully experience this workshop. We'll do our best to accommodate! E-mail Hope for New York at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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