Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families and Congregations

by Erik Carter. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2007.


This resource helps support congregations in their quest towards becoming places of welcome and belonging for people with disabilities.


breaking down barriers to inclusion, inclusive religious education programs, strengths and needs of people with disabilities, implementing inclusion activities, creating welcoming environments

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Reflect and assess how welcoming your congregation is for people with disabilities and their families by sharing this resource with your congregation's hospitality team.
  • Develop more inclusive religious programs by implementing the strategies described in this resource.

About the Contributor

Kara Faris

Kara Faris is the Center’s director of resource grants and resource consulting, as well as a resource consultant to congregations. She previously served for eight years as the Center’s education director.

Before working at the Center, Kara served First Friends Meeting of Indianapolis as associate pastor. With a degree in marketing from Butler University’s College of Business Administration and a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Kara brings a blend of pragmatism, intuition and passion for lifelong learning to the Center. Kara has authored Including Laity in Education Events Empowers Congregations and co-authored the book Divergent Church.

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