Access Sunday and Mental Health Sunday

Event Date: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

To celebrate Access Sunday and Mental Health Sunday, we honor those who have made a difference.  Virginia Kreyer was a leader in the United Church of Christ. She worked on behalf of persons with disabilities including persons with mental health issues. She was born with Cerebral Palsy which made it difficult for Virginia to speak clearly or to walk easily. She knew struggle. Her family supported and pushed Virginia to be the best she could be. She went to college and graduated from Union Seminary in New York City. She was ordained in the church of her youth, the American Baptist Church. 

During the Vietnam War, she felt disheartened by her Baptist Church and she joined the United Church of Christ. It was her run to the microphone at the New York Conference Annual Meeting that began the journey of the UCC Disability Ministry. A Japanese missionary spoke to the Conference saying, “Where are people with disabilities? I have traveled this country and have yet to meet one.” Virginia spoke into the microphone, “I am here.”  She was the first staff person for the National Committee on Persons with Disabilities.

The United Church of Christ Disability Ministry honors Virginia Kreyer with an Endowed Scholarship in her name for Persons with Disabilities called to Authorized Ministry. Theological Education is expensive and even more so for persons with disabilities. This scholarship will provide students with tools for access and/or mental health help and First Congregational will receive an offering to support this scholarship on September 21st.     

 

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 9:03 am in Upcoming Events.

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