Congregations are called to be communities of belonging. Yet, many churches struggle to meaningfully include children with disabilities and their families in all aspects of parish life. This article addresses 10 dimensions of belonging and their relevance to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in their faith communities. To belong involves being present, invited, welcomed, known, accepted, cared for, supported, befriended, needed, and loved (Carter, Biggs, & Boehm, 2016). I address the importance of each of these areas, highlight relevant research, and suggest areas for reflection and response.
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Carter, E. W. (2020). The Absence of Asterisks: The Inclusive Church and Children With Disabilities. Journal of Catholic Education, 23 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.2302142020