Samsung recently made a very touching commercial about a community that learned sign language in order to give a hearing impaired man one day where he would feel completely included. It is a powerful message for including people with special needs.
Watching this commercial made me think of the Church. The purpose of the event in the video is to make a commercial that would touch our hearts. How much more should the Church work at becoming more welcoming to those with special needs?
Churches often hope that those with special needs will be able to somehow become more like “normal” people. Why should all the work be on those with special needs? If you have people who are hearing impaired, why not learn a few phrases in sign language? Why not communicate with people with autism in a way that works for them?
Watch this video and reflect on what your church could do to become a more inclusive community.