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A Church Living Out “Beloved Everybody”

Cultivating mutuality and genuine friendship among people with or without intellectual or developmental disabilities
by Timothy Bowman | July 29, 2022

Beloved Everybody is a faith community whose actions—designed to include many ways that people with intellectual or developmental disabilities may choose to communicate—speak louder than any words. People with and without intellectual or developmental disabilities take turns leading, practicing the foundational commitment to inclusion. Thanks to some gatherings on Zoom, folks around the country can learn from Beloved Everybody’s practices, yet outreach among people with intellectual disabilities is challenging, since caregivers and their impressions of faith communities influence involvement. 

Read the full profile of Beloved Everybody and their leader Bethany McKinney Fox from Faith+Lead’s archives. 

Additionally, Community Leader Bethany Fox offers this take on stewardship and inclusion, which includes links to several denominations’ accessibility audits.  

What could your congregation or outreach ministries learn from Beloved Everybody’s practices?

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