Comments: Inclusive Church event: Calling from the Edge

As a disabled person, I'm really happy to see this happening. Please keep us informed.

Posted by Janet Fife at Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 11:27am GMT

Apart from those of us presently in hospital without a clue as to when we may not be in hospital, and thus able to attend meetings.

It would help if people had a better grasp of the range of disabilities....

Posted by Stevie at Friday, 2 February 2018 at 4:39am GMT

I'd prefer to speak of people with disabilities rather than "disabled people". I am hardly one when I think of those that my Cerebral Palsy Alliance fund-raising programme assists, but I do have sufficient chronic pain from arthritis to use a walker, common among the elderly. One suggestion I should make would be to have all lavatories installed on church properties with rails to help many older people sit or rise, and these not only in the usually limited number of "accessible" toilets designed particularly for those with wheel-chairs. But what especially dismays me is the replacement of pews by chairs (even if aesthetically and practically well-designed, not always the case), and especially chairs with no arms and unlinked to other chairs. They make it difficult to kneel to pray as I should want to do so : in one church in Edinburgh, as I went to kneel with only a loose chair in front, I fell sideways - and when I had managed to get up, I walked out in disgust. People of the Church of England have knelt for prayer in church for a 1000 years and I see no need to imitate the more traditional of the Orthodox churches where the weaker just go to the wall. Even more important, with pews, one is able not only to kneel more easily if one wishes to. One is able to sit down and stand up with the support of the pew in front, and to have some support while standing. (I ignore the "liturgical correctness" whereby people are expected to stand throughout the Canon. I am happy to stand until the Sanctus if joining in a "modern" form of the Holy Communion but then, for once following Roman Catholic practice, I kneel for the remainder of the Great Prayer. This indeed is rather in accord with the pattern we find in Isaiah 6, where the heavenly praise is followed by penitence - the pattern followed especially in the Prayer Book service when the Sanctus is immediately followed by the Prayer of Humble Access.)

Posted by Elizabeth Lintower at Tuesday, 6 February 2018 at 8:23pm GMT
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