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Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN)

Advocating for the participation of persons with disabilities in the spiritual, social and development life of church and society

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Church urged to include those with disabilities fully in church life

Church urged to include those with disabilities fully in church life

The Church needs to engage with people who have disabilities in worship, work and theological studies and be more inclusive, says a leader of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (WCC-EDAN).

Kenya gathering focuses on including persons with disabilities in development

Kenya gathering focuses on including persons with disabilities in development

Fifty church development practitioners and leaders as well as organisations for persons with disabilities in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda met in Nairobi, Kenya from 9-13 October to share their experiences on disability inclusion in church development programmes and to explore strategies to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting was organised by WCC Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network Project on Disability Inclusion in Development.

Nordic churches embrace 'The Gift of Being'

Nordic churches embrace 'The Gift of Being'

A Swedish WCC working group which met in Stockholm on 4 September has called on Swedish churches to use ‘The Gift of Being: Called to be a Church of All and for All’ as a resource for including persons with disabilities in church life.

Nigeria gathering inspires courage among women with disabilities

Nigeria gathering inspires courage among women with disabilities

“Before being identified as a person with disability, you are a woman with the same rights,” said Hellen Anurika Udoye Beyioku-Alase, a young woman with a disability. She was among some 70 women who gathered at the Swiss International Hotel in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on 22-23 June around the theme “Women with Disabilities, Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV.”

Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network hones vision for future

Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network hones vision for future

Members of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (WCC-EDAN) Reference Group and the regional coordinators met in Geneva from 12-14 June to reflect on the work of the network in the last four years and plan for the next four years.

Celebrating Elly Macha: a global icon for gender and disability

Celebrating Elly Macha: a global icon for gender and disability

“Macha's contribution to improving the lives of blind, partially sighted and other persons with disabilities both in Africa and around the world was remarkable,” said Dr Penny Hartin, CEO, World Blind Union, upon learning the death of Dr Elly Macha.

Church of Uganda makes inroads on disability inclusion in development

Church of Uganda makes inroads on disability inclusion in development

At the initiative of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network, the Church of Uganda is now including persons with disabilities in its “Empowering youth and women for sustainable livelihoods” project. This project, which is being implemented by the church’s Planning, Development and Rehabilitation Department in the Busoga Diocese, aims at impacting and improving household incomes through farming skills and management ethics for sustainability.

New theological materials offer fresh perspective on disabilities

New theological materials offer fresh perspective on disabilities

On 6 December, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) launched three new theological resources during the 7th AACC Theological Institute.

Taking the measure of the ecumenical movement today

Taking the measure of the ecumenical movement today

Soundings in contemporary and historical ecumenical self-understanding form the substance of the double issue of The Ecumenical Review just released from Wiley Blackwell.

East African communities discuss disability, theology

East African communities discuss disability, theology

Twenty church leaders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania met in Arusha, Tanzania from 7-11 November to discuss deepening inclusion, participation and active involvement of persons with disabilities in the spiritual, social, economic and structural life of the church and society. The forum was organized by the WCC Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network and hosted by the Council of Churches in Tanzania.