Ann Memmott is a well-respected national autism adviser and is an autistic Christian who works with the Church of England and many other Christian groups.
More than 600,000 autistic people use our churches each year. An average parish will have some 80 people on the autism spectrum living within it. That is more than the number of wheelchair users. Many have sensory, routine and/or communication needs that mean accessing a church can be very daunting. But solving most of those is very simple.
This website shows some of the wonderful friendships, love, gifts and faith of autistic people. It helps guide churches on the easy, low-cost things they can do to make a huge difference to the faith lives of autistic Christians. Research shows that churches which welcome autistic people find their congregations grow faster than the others around them. Why? Because the things that help autistic people also help nearly everyone else.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
Here’s a blog I found on my Facebook page this morning. It’s an interview with Bono from September 2010, so nothing new, but I hadn’t seen it before. I thought I’d share it with you here: http://noapologizing.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/u2s-bono-interview-about-christ/
Absolutely spot-on in answering questions about Christianity in gentleness and respect.
by Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostPosted:
Almost two-thirds of adults say they support the teaching of Christianity in schools, according to a survey by Oxford University.
In the poll of 1,800 people, two-fifths said teaching about the faith needed more attention in religious education lessons.
People were asked whether they want the majority religion taught in schools, and the outcome shows that the majority, 64 per cent, support teaching Christianity to pupils to help them understand English history.
The survey was part of Oxford’s department of education’s new project seeking to support teachers in the presentation of Britain’s principal religion in religious education lessons.
You can read the full article here.