It started with an idea.
Why don't we gather Deaf ministry leaders from different denominations in one place? We could talk about what we have in common and see what happens next.
That idea led to forming the Canadian Consultation on Christian Deaf Ministries. Bringing together a broad and diverse group of leaders who use American Sign Language in their communities of faith, this group has been working on worship resources, theological training for Deaf students, sharing ministry ideas, and leadership.
Mission & Service supports the work of this group and the work of Deaf ministries congregations across the country. Most church worship services are designed for people who can hear, so Deaf people have no idea what is happening if there is no sign language. "Deaf people are not disabled; we are a cultural group who use American Sign Language to communicate," one person shared.
But the numbers of Deaf communities in any given geographic location are small, so some experimental worship services are being done online. With leadership from the Deaf community in the United Church, Deaf people in any region can access Deaf-led worship through the Internet. Even if a person is in a place where there is no in-person worship service in American Sign Language, they can view a service online.
We are thankful that our gifts for Mission & Service make it possible for Deaf people across the country to worship freely.
Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.