Disability Ministries

Disability Ministries

Accessible to All (A2A) 

We believe that it is our call to “live the love and justice of Jesus.” Based on both the established commitments of our three historic Conferences and our aspirational priorities as a new Conference, the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ pledges in covenant to be Accessible to All.  We recognize that this is an expression of both identity and intention, and we commit to align our resources and our efforts with these priorities. We encourage our local churches and other covenant partners to do the same. -from the convenant which was adopted at the Annual Meeting on November 2019.

The Disabilities Ministry Team, originally formed in the historic Connecticut Conference, seeks to raise awareness about accessibility and encourage all settings of the Conference to address accessibility needs.  The team provides resources for local churches, information about educational programs, and is available for consultations. New members are welcome. Contact the Disabilities Ministry Team for more information.

Resolution 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we, the delegates to the 150th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference, welcomes and calls upon the Disabilities Ministries Team to continue to serve as a liaison between the Connecticut Conference and the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board, to continue their ministries of presence at Conference gatherings, their offerings of resources and their advocacy, through preaching and teaching, to encourage our churches to become “Accessible to All.”  Read the entire resolution.


Resources

How to become an A2A Congregation- Start the process toward widening the welcome!

A2A Disability Etiquette - Download the brochure and share with your congregation.

Guidelines for A2A Meetings and Events - Planning a meeting? Download this helpful checklist.

United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries- Link to more resources.

Vision Without Sight: A story about Disabilities Ministry member Marty Knight by Lions International 

Our Faith, Our Vote: UCC Disabilites Justice webinar moderated by Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund

Watch the Facebook Live interview - Rev. Kent Siladi talks with Jacky Schofield and Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund of the UCC Disabilities Ministry Team


Disability Ministries Team 


Rev. Shawn Garan  (he / him / his)
Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT
203-252-4208
shawn@2cc.org

Pat Kenney  (she / her / hers)
Center Congregational Church of Meriden, CT
203-530-9420 
pjkenney@cox.net  

Marty Knight  (he / him / his)
South Congregational Church of Middletown, CT
860-344-1916
kmarty03@gmail.com 

Casey Levine  (she / her / hers)
First Congregational Church of Canton Center, CT
860-693-0134
levine429@gmail.com 

Candace Low  (she / her / hers)
Asylum Hill Congregational Church - Hartford, CT
203-306-6091 (text only)
candace.low2@gmail.com 

Pamela Roberts  (she / her / hers)
Storrs Congregational Church – Storrs Mansfield, CT
860-428-8751
drpampt@gmail.com 

Rev. James Silver (he / him / his)
First Church of Christ, Congregational - Middletown, CT
860-632-7279
revjs13@sbcglobal.net 

Jaclyn Schofield, Member Emeritus  (she / her / hers)
Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT
chair@uccdm.org

 

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