United Methodist Congress of the Deaf
The United Methodist Congress of the Deaf (UMCD) represents the interests of Deaf, late-deafened, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind members of The United Methodist Church. It advocates for accessibility which includes all persons who live with various degrees and dimensions of hearing challenges. The UMCD supports ministries that empower deaf, late-deafened, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind persons to contribute their talents, gifts, and personhood in Christian community within the church and in communities beyond the church.
United Methodist Committee on Ministries with Deaf, Late-Deafened, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind People
The United Methodist Committee on Ministries with Deaf, Late-Deafened, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind People (formerly the National Committee on Deaf Ministries) was established as a mission initiative by the 1992 General Conference. The committee affirms -- as a foundational Christian belief -- that the ministry of God's people should be experienced without barriers. Committed to an inclusive Gospel, The United Methodist Church is compelled to reach out to persons who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing, using the most effective mode of communication, whether it be sign language by pastors, sign language and/or oral interpreting, and/or assistive technologies. It seeks to be faithful to the task of exploring how United Methodists have been and can be in ministry together with persons who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing.
- Breaking the Sound Barrier in Your Church (PDF)
- Signs of Solidarity: Ministry with Deaf, Late-Deafened, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind People a resource that helps congregations to involve persons with auditory and optic losses in the life and mission of the church. Order Now