God and the Group Home: NAQ 2022

NAQ 2022 “God and the Group Home” slide deck — August 3, 2022.

Faith Communities and Authentic Belonging

Download the responsive litany and prayer written in observance of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, July 26, 2020.  

Leader: Creator God, you have made each of us in your image, called us your own, and gathered us as family; yet, we have chosen to make gods of our own abilities. We worship our own intellect, and close our doors to those different from ourselves. Forgive our failure to see your face in our neighbor. God of welcome,

Accuracy in Terminology

A good start toward accuracy is understanding some basic definitions;  impairment, disability, and handicap.  These are not three words for the same thing.  Each one describes something unique.

What is Intellectual Disability?





The Collaborative on Faith and . Resources, webinars, research database, collection of videos from the Summer Institutes on Theology and Disability, and much more.

AAIDD Religion and Spirituality Division.  The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability has an active Religion and Spirituality Division, a multi-faith group that offers webinars, ongoing information and a certification program for Spiritual Support Professionals.

Different Dream  Books and blog by Jolene Philo.

A Larger Blog at the crossroads of faith and disability.

Disability is Parent and writer, Kathie Snow, introduces new ways of thinking about disability.

Putting Faith to Work. A manual exploring the powerful role faith communities can play in helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment. . Downloadable at:

Congregational Practice Guide.  The guide is intended to help equip congregations with ideas and practical steps to strengthen the invitation, supports, and hospitality offered to people with disabilities and their families.  Downloadable at:


Autism and Your Church: Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Barbara J. Newman.  ©2006, 2011 by Friendship Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI

Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship by Barbara J. Newman. ©2015 by CLC Network Publishing, Wyoming, MI

Autism & Alleluias by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc, ©2010 by Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA

Same Lake, Different Boat by Stephanie Hubach. ©2006 by P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, NJ

Disability and the Gospel by Michael Beatis. ©2012 by Crossway, Wheaton, IL

Prayer for People Who Can’t Sit Still by William Tenny-Brittian. ©2005 by Chalice Press, Danvers, MA


Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads. Connecting people with disabilities and their families to faith communities that are welcoming and genuinely want to include everyone.

Jesus Cares Ministries. JCM assists congregations in reaching out to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and communities. Nationwide, JCM programs encourage Bible studies, worship and fellowship opportunities.

Friendship Ministries. Helps churches and organizations around the world share God’s love with people who have intellectual disability.