Luke14 is a CBM initiative that helps churches become a place of welcome and belonging for people and families living with disability.
The inspiration for this initiative comes from Luke 14. Jesus tells the story of a generous host who invited people from all walks of life to a special dinner party. No one was to be left behind. The story reminds us to never exclude anyone including the marginalised, invisible and often forgotten people in our society.
In Australia, almost 20% of Australians live with disability. That means one in five people in every congregation could be a person with disability. Unfortunately even here, people can find themselves on the edges of church life, feeling marginalised by both visible and unintended messages of exclusion.
The church can be a beacon of hope and an important place of welcome and belonging for people with disability. People with disability can be active members of their church community so that no one misses out on their gifts, talents or perspective.
Our churches will not be complete without an environment that is inclusive of people with disability.