Everyone thinks that disability integration in churches is "so important," but executing on this "important" topic can be draining on parish staff, volunteers, individuals with disabilities, and families impacted by disability that are already overworked, exhausted, and burnt out.
Here's where churches live up to its importance. This is where individuals with diagnoses and their loved ones are empowered and supported in being welcome, accepted, and appreciated in their churches to grow in love for God.
We believe parish leaders, individuals, and families need to have support and guidance available throughout the process of ecclesial integration. Here's what Uniquely Catholic can offer you in addition to our excellent blog and social media content...
We Belong together
Don't experience burn out; let Uniquely Catholic help you and your parish.
Clergy, Staff, Catechists, Liturgical Ministers, Other Parish Leaders
1. Ecclesial Integration 101
2. Disability Cultures 101
3. Developing the Three Intercultural Competencies
4. The Spirituality of Intercultural Ministry Leaders
5. The Movements and Benchmarks of Ecclesial Integration
Trainings can be done in-person for any group size, as well as through video conferencing with small group sizes.
Webinars are for clergy, staff, catechists, liturgical ministers, and other parish leaders. Topics are meant to be enrichments to the core trainings, but most can be attended by anyone, regardless of training.
Individuals & Parents
Webinars for individuals with diagnoses, parents of children with diagnoses, or other loved ones will focus on best practices and strategies for faith growth as well as advocacy and how to work with parish leaders to begin or continue the process of disability integration at parishes.
Comprehensive Strategic Plan
Parish integration of disability communities (Ecclesial Integration) is a process, which means it's dynamic and flexible. With the right strategic planning and supports in place, parishes can navigate a path to high levels of integration.
We work with a parish team compromised of the pastor, other clergy, staff, advisory council leadership, and other key parish leaders to help develop a strategic plan specific to each parish.
Parish integration isn't a program, it's dynamic process. So, we will work with your parish through not only the development and launch of your strategic plan, but also offer periodic consultation, particularly as new challenges arise, when you approach and pass new benchmarks, or if the integration process becomes stagnate.
Retreats and reflections
We will be offering retreats for individuals and families with various diagnoses in addition to days of reflection.
Uniquely Catholic can come to your parish or local retreat center to provide all of the content and speaking. We'll even work with you and provide guidance on the logistics for the events.
On the resources page you will find any number of e-books, reflections, information cards that can be personalized and many more resources to come.
Some resources are designed for individuals with diagnoses, others for families with a loved one with a disability, and any of the resources can be utilized by parishes for their parishioners with disabilities.
All of these resources are designed to either directly enrich the faith lives of individuals with disabilities and their loved ones or to aid in promoting and embarking on the process of parish integration.
One of the resources we are most excited about is a Podcast we are working on in collaboration with Ginny Kochis, from Not So Formulaic, to be released within the first couple months of 2018. This podcast will bring together church leaders and the various disability communities. Stayed tuned!
In addition to fostering a community of support through our website, training, outreach, monthly e-newsletter, Facebook page, and Instagram account, we also launched a Facebook Group for individuals and loved ones from the various disability and neurodivergent communities.
The new group is called Uniquely Faithful: Disability, Growing in Faith and Community.
We'd love for you to join us as we build up a community that nourishes faith journeys and encourages and supports individuals and loved ones in advocating for their integration at church.
We're Better Together
Let's chat about the plan for helping revitalize your parish through welcoming individuals with disabilities and their loved ones. Let's create and implement an intentional plan for creating a community of belonging and ownership. Let's grow and support our uniquely Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ.