It’s time to start shouting

Denise Reesor is the program director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN). She can be reached at denise@adnetonline.org. A version of this post originally appeared on ADN’s Opening Doors blog. It’s been estimated that one in five people sitting in church pews on Sunday morning struggle with mental health problems: darkness, despair, relentless grief, choking fear, self-loathing. […]

When something goes right

Christine Guth worked as assistant program director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network for 10 years before retiring. This article first appeared in PeaceSigns, the newsletter of the Peace and Justice Support Network, and Opening Doors, the blog of Anabaptist Disabilities Network in response to the 2012 Newtown shooting. In the wake of each shooting rampage, people argue over […]

Portrait of Survival

Tiara Coleman lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is a nurse and single mom to two beautiful babies. Tiara loves working on her Jeep and going off roading in it. If she has to be indoors, she loves watching football (the Dallas Cowboys to be exact). This past fall Tiara organized a suicide prevention and awareness vigil […]

Holy hopelessness

Denise Reesor is program director at Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN). ADN serves to nurture communities and congregations into becoming more inclusive to families and individuals touched by disabilities. She also studies school psychology where she loves learning about how to support the learning and emotional needs of children. Denise can be contacted at Denise@adnetonline.org. She […]

A caring, wounded community … where love reigns

David Janzen completed a career of social work and human resources in 2011 and is living at a retirement community in Goshen, Indiana. He and his wife were among the founding members of Fellowship of Hope Mennonite Church and intentional community in Elkhart, Indiana. Dave has three sons and a daughter-in-law living nearby. His wife […]

Stigmatizing and separating, a parent’s plea

Jill Minter lives with her husband Douglas and daughter Laura in Louisville, Colorado. She works for the EPA as an environmental scientist, keeping drinking water clean and safe. She is also a passionate gardener, photographer, skier and traveler. This piece originally appeared on Anabaptist Disability Network‘s  Moving Beyond Ablesism column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the […]

Anabaptist Disabilities Network

Schowalter Foundation and Everence support accessibility services at Orlando Convention

(Anabaptist Disabilities Network) — The Schowalter Foundation of Newton, Kansas, and Everence of Goshen, Indiana, have each awarded grants to Anabaptist Disabilities Network to support the work of coordinating increased accessibility services for persons with disabilities attending the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando July 4-8. Kathleen Nofziger Yeakey, executive director of Anabaptist Disabilities Network, […]

Love is a Verb … is accessible!

Kathleen Nofziger Yeakey is executive director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN). She lives in Goshen, Indiana, with her husband and four teenage children, and is a member of North Goshen Mennonite Church. She was drawn to her position with ADN two years ago out of her personal experience with disability in the form of anxiety […]