Best 115 of Inclusion quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 15 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

By its very nature, special needs accommodation is more individualized than the typical children's ministry.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Reuben Abel

The continuum in which we live is not the kind of place in which middles can be unambiguously excluded.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

In my view, the ultimate goal for a special needs ministry is to being families into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. And in order for that to happen, a church has to be prepared to successfully accommodate the child with special needs during regular church programming.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Teresa R. Funke

If you build a wall to separate people, there will be those who find a way around the wall, or over it, or under it, or through it. We humans are not meant to be contained, and neither are our thoughts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Boyle

Compassion isn't just about feeling the pain of others; it's about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. 'Be compassionate as God is compassionate,' means the dismantling of barriers that exclude. In Scripture, Jesus is in a house so packed that no one can come through the door anymore. So the people open the roof and lower this paralytic down through it, so Jesus can heal him. The focus of the story is, understandably, the healing of the paralytic. But there is something more significant than that happening here. They're ripping the roof off the place, and those outside are being let in.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dashanne Stokes

Urging an organization to be inclusive is not an attack. It's progress.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

Accessibility means more than adding a ramp between the sidewalk and the front door of a building. It includes the ease in which a product, service, or environment can be utilized across "diverse human populations, their abilities and their needs".

By Anonym 16 Sep

Dan Rather

[I]nclusion, not assimilation, should be the key concept in seeking, ever seeking, a more perfect national union. Our own history has shown that we are stronger as a mosaic than a melting pot. Our nation is bound together more by ideals than by blood or land, and inclusion is in our cultural DNA. We should feel proud that we are not all the same, and that we can share our differences under the common umbrella of humanity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Teresa R. Funke

As with everything else, the more we separate ourselves from each other, the weaker we become.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Chisholm

If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Daryl Gregory

Perhaps that's a smile on Delia's face-but Delia's half skull turns every expression into a leer. She says, "Your uncle had a talent, kid. He made families wherever he went.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

A church's efforts to start one aspect of the special needs ministry should be applauded.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

Please keep in mind that there is no "once-size-fits-all" prescription for conveying support to every family walking through a special needs diagnosis.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Kristin Schell

We live in a world where people profile and label each other, size each other up. What if we shifted our focus to our similarities? To welcoming one another, listening to stories, learning from one another? It's time to change the conversation. I believe most social ills can be healed or prevented by the simple act of talking to one another, face-to-face, at a common table.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

A Jesus-focused ministry gives greater weight to connection over correction, recognizing that change and spiritual growth occur in the context of meaningful relationships. The student with special needs is more like to develop a personal relationship with Jesus if no one is hung up on the deficit in interpersonal skills and instead everyone cares more about providing a positive, anxiety-free church experience.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

As a church, we need to be very careful about developing and expressing opinions on these topics.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

When a church proactively prepares for special needs inclusion, we make a more seamless integration of the person with special needs more likely, and everyone wins.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Karen Armstrong

We can either emphasize those aspects of our traditions, religious or secular, that speak of hatred, exclusion, and suspicion or work with those that stress the interdependence and equality of all human beings. The choice is yours. (22)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alexis Herman

Inclusion and fairness in the workplace . . . is not simply the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Paul Isaacs

Mainstream" is the melting pot of everybody sometimes for much of its faults and triumphs it's the world out there that reveals so much more about you than the man-made boundaries that are created.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

In churches that care about special needs inclusion I have found that the single biggest determinant for a child's success is the strength of the relationship between the church and the child's parents. When church leaders and parents are in general agreement regarding a child's abilities and needs, problems tend to get solved with greater speed and ingenuity. But when parents view their child's special needs as nonexistent or insignificant, it creates extra work (and stress!) for everyone serving that child. This is the reason that it is sometimes easier for churches to successfully include children with complex needs that are obvious than it is for churches to successfully include high-functioning children whose disabilities are less obvious. When parents dismiss a child's legitimate need for even occasional assistance it makes it really hard for the child and the volunteers serving them to experience success.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bellamy Shoffner

It is insufficient to only tell your children that racism and racists are bad. It is insufficient to simply explain “We love people of all colors.” It is lazy and near damaging to proclaim a love for all people but never make the leap of actually reaching out to people of color or adding tangible diversity to your life. In a world filled with empty rhetoric, our children don’t need to hear words from us without action. They need to see us embody the beliefs we claim to hold dear.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

Parents have a moral obligation to share knowledge about their child when that information could significantly benefit or protect the actual child, caregivers, other students, and the church staff.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

Good people disagree on how a church should run virtually every ministry inside a church, and this is especially true for special needs ministry.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Brene Brown

In order for slavery to work, in order for us to buy, sell, beat, and trade people like animals, Americans had to completely dehumanize slaves. And whether we directly participated in that or were simply a member of a culture that at one time normalized that behavior, it shaped us. We can’t undo that level of dehumanizing in one or two generations. I believe Black Lives Matter is a movement to rehumanize black citizens. All lives matter, but not all lives need to be pulled back into moral inclusion. Not all people were subjected to the psychological process of demonizing and being made less than human so we could justify the inhumane practice of slavery.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

We as the church do not want to lag behind society today, in terms of welcoming people of different cultures, races, and abilities.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Meaning springs from belonging.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jamie Arpin-ricci

The weaponization of belonging is one of the most "anti-christ" dynamics I have ever encountered.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Kamand Kojouri

Our homes travel with us. They are wherever we feel loved and accepted.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Melinda Gates

I believe women’s groups are essential for each of us individually but also for society generally—because progress depends on inclusion, and inclusion begins with women. I’m not saying we should include women and girls as opposed to men and boys, but along with them and on behalf of them. This is not about bringing women in and leaving others out. It’s about bringing women in as a way to bring everyone in.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Abhijit Naskar

When people stand with people, only then people can call themselves people, and if people can't stand with people, instead, they choose to stand against people, then what right do people have to call themselves people!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

Different people do different things. And no one-way of plugging in or serving in the church is more beneficial or valuable than the other. The same thing is true for our students with special needs. And it's our church's responsibility, in partnership with parents, to clear the path so that God can pursue our teens through the abilities and passions He's already given them. - Katie Garvert

By Anonym 15 Sep

Melinda Gates

Anyone can be made to feel like an outsider. It’s up to the people who have the power to exclude. Often it’s on the basis of race. Depending on a culture’s fears and biases, Jews can be treated as outsiders. Muslims can be treated as outsiders. Christians can be treated as outsiders. The poor are always outsiders. The sick are often outsiders. People with disabilities can be treated as outsiders. Members of the LGBTQ community can be treated as outsiders. Immigrants are almost always outsiders. And in most every society, women can be made to feel like outsiders—even in their own homes. Overcoming the need to create outsiders is our greatest challenge as human beings. It is the key to ending deep inequality. We stigmatize and send to the margins people who trigger in us the feelings we want to avoid. This is why there are so many old and weak and sick and poor people on the margins of society. We tend to push out the people who have qualities we’re most afraid we will find in ourselves—and sometimes we falsely ascribe qualities we disown to certain groups, then push those groups out as a way of denying those traits in ourselves. This is what drives dominant groups to push different racial and religious groups to the margins. And we’re often not honest about what’s happening. If we’re on the inside and see someone on the outside, we often say to ourselves, “I’m not in that situation because I’m different. But that’s just pride talking. We could easily be that person. We have all things inside us. We just don’t like to confess what we have in common with outsiders because it’s too humbling. It suggests that maybe success and failure aren’t entirely fair. And if you know you got the better deal, then you have to be humble, and it hurts to give up your sense of superiority and say, “I’m no better than others.” So instead we invent excuses for our need to exclude. We say it’s about merit or tradition when it’s really just protecting our privilege and our pride.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Laurie Buchanan

INCLUSION—It's amazing what happens when we allow the flower that is us, the flower that is them, to become part of the bouquet.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Savannah Brown

I'd shut myself out for so long that I had forgotten how wonderful it felt to be included, to be seen, to be heard.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

On their own, the leader of a church's special needs ministry can't meet every need of every volunteer or participating family. But that leader can model service in a way that caring becomes contagious.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

While we all need to be nudged outside our comfort zone occasionally, it is important for church leaders (and parents!) to recognize that a nudge can quickly turn into an anxiety-inducing "push" for many kids with special needs.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Casey Tygrett

We cannot experience and memorize the stories of Jesus without seeing his radical inclusion - taking those who were left on the edges of society, left to their own solitude, and bringing them into his Kingdom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

As ministry leaders and volunteers, it's our job to care mostly about a family's connection inside our church, and ultimately with Jesus Christ.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isabel Allende

Peace requires everyone to be in the circle - wholeness, inclusion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stanley Crouch

Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion, everything is O.K.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

Everyone wins when the "burden" mind-set is abandoned and where the special needs ministry sees itself as a blessing to those who choose to be part of their community.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Alejandro Grimson

Mito: Masividad y calidad son dos términos irreconciliables El mayor acceso a la educación genera fuertes tensiones y desafíos en todos los países. Si un número relevante de niños y jóvenes que estaban fuera del sistema ingresan en él, como sucedió en años recientes en la Argentina, sobre todo a partir de la obligatoriedad del secundario, la composición social y cultural de las aulas se transforma. Para los docentes, crece el desafío de dar respuesta a una situación que no admite recetas simples. En las instituciones donde este cambio ha sido más significativo muchos docentes se sienten desbordados por la complejidad del escenario. [...] Pero una cosa es que no existan recetas y otra muy diferente es que las dificultades lleven a situaciones de frustración que terminen por consagrar un mito: no se pueden llevar adelante buenos procesos de enseñanza con alumnos que “no quieren aprender”. Este mito busca atacar las políticas de inclusión que “meten” en la escuela, y en el aula, a los “alumnos problema”. [...] Es habitual que la elite sienta nostalgia de la homogeneidad social y cultural, de los buenos tiempos en que a “toda” la sociedad le gustaba la música clásica y todo marchaba mejor que ahora, una época en la que dominan el rock y la cumbia. En realidad, esa “sociedad” de antes estaba integrada exclusivamente por quienes tenían cierta extracción de clase y gustos culturales afines. El resto de los ciudadanos estaban completamente excluidos. Añorar aquello es como sentir nostalgia por la época del primer Centenario: en 1910 no había voto universal y el analfabetismo era alto. En ese sentido, los sectores de la elite se quejan y padecen los procesos de inclusión que tienden a universalizar derechos, tendencia a la que prefieren denominar “masificación”. Y si bien la exclusión jurídica ha desaparecido, la discriminación social se advierte aún en sectores medios y altos que procuran evitar el contacto con la “masificación” o con la heterogeneidad social. Como son motivos no siempre fáciles de enunciar en voz alta, suelen mencionar otras mitomanías para justificar sus gestos y decisiones. En algunos casos, para conjurar los temores pueden permitirse asistir a colegios o universidades más exigentes (pero ¿cuántos llegan a Harvard?). Otras veces, concurren a instituciones de enseñanza privada que están muy por debajo de la educación pública. Quizás allí se ofrezca un servicio de calidad y una atención personalizada, pero esto no siempre se corresponde con la calidad académica. [...] Detrás del mito asoma una concepción elitista de la vida y de la calidad en términos de excelencia (que, por definición, no podría ser generalizada). Incluso, a veces se constata un gesto aristocrático extemporáneo, cuando esa visión elitista es enunciada por alguien que se imagina a sí mismo, en el pasado, como parte de los estratos más altos del sistema, cuando en realidad habría estado entre los excluidos. Hay que distinguir la forma de enunciar el mito de su significado. Por ejemplo, se dice que “hay que elegir entre masividad y calidad porque son incompatibles”, cuando en realidad se quiere (y no se puede) decir que debería haber “escuelas de calidad para los buenos alumnos” y “escuelas de cuarta para los alumnos de cuarta”.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

No one has ever seen the wind. We've only experienced the effects and the results of the wind. And none of us have ever seen God. Just like the movement of a pinwheel makes us sure that the wind exists, we have ways to be sure that God exists.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Julian Huxley

As I see it the world is undoubtedly in need of a new religion, and that religion must be founded on humanist principles. When I say religion, I do not mean merely a theology involving belief in a supernatural god or gods; nor do I mean merely a system of ethics, however exalted; nor only scientific knowledge, however extensive; nor just a practical social morality, however admirable or efficient. I mean an organized system of ideas and emotions which relate man to his destiny, beyond and above the practical affairs of every day, transcending the present and the existing systems of law and social structure. The prerequisite today is that any such religion shall appeal potentially to all mankind; and that its intellectual and rational sides shall not be incompatible with scientific knowledge but on the contrary based on it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

In fact, God may be working in and through their circumstances, and we can't know completely how God is working through any situation during our earthly lifetime. But if the topic of healing is overemphasized, the family of an individual with special needs may miss the opportunity to be loved and accepted for exactly who they are and where they are in life. Again, the church's role is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment that enables families to experience the love of Jesus Christ.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

When a child's needs fail to be met, undesirable behaviors may surface.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

When a diagnosis is still fresh, do not pressure parents to focus on the positive about the situation. Doing so suggests that the parents aren't allowed to grieve.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Amy Fenton Lee

If a church doesn't have the volunteers, the space, and the resources to launch a ministry with every base covered, let's not chide them for getting it wrong. Let's cheer them on for taking a step in the right direction, for meeting the immediate needs in their midst, and for expanding their accommodation to any degree, and striving to do it well.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Raphael Zernoff

The new expanded spirituality is all inclusive. It is inclusive, because it comes from unconditional love. In the concept of unconditional love there is no exclusion. Everything and everyone is seen as a part of oneself. It is a beautiful spirituality as the one who lives by its principles cannot by definition be a part of any conflict.