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the Sound Barrier By Bob Walker Still Available
While they last, free copies can be ordered by
mail from Health and Welfare Ministries Unit, GBGM, 475 Riverside
Drive, Room 330, New York, NY 10115; by telephone: (212) 870-3870; or by fax
The long-awaited Second Edition of Signs of Solidarity Second Edition: Ministries with People Who are Deaf, Late-Deafened, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind has been published. The book is a revision of the 1994 first edition written by the Rev. Kathy Black, PhD., professor at Claremont (California) School of Theology.
A sub committee of the National Committee carried out the revision. The members were Candis Shannon, Chair, Vae Rose Fultz, Rev. Kirk Van Gilder and Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Walker. Nancy Kingsley became the editor as the work progressed. Jill Grimshaw, Holly Elliott, Ginnie Clark-Wright, Bob Walker and others shared parts of their personal stories of deafness in the book.
In every local church and its community, there is a mission and ministry field that is often unrecognized, therefore neglected. The field is composed of children, women and men who are Deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing or deaf-blind. The largest group is that of hard of hearing people (28 million in the United States). Culturally Deaf individuals number approximately 500,000 and late-deafened adults number about 1.5 million..
In the U.S. there are one million deaf-blind individuals who may be hard of hearing, late deafened , or Deaf, and either partly-sighted or blind. The count is increasing, due to the growing number of older people developing losses of BOTH hearing and eyesight.
Every local church and its community will have hard of hearing plus some late-deafened people who communicate in spoken language assisted by electronic and visual aids. Some church bodies will also have Deaf people in their midst who communicate through American Sign Language (ASL). Churches may have deaf-blind congregants who communicate by spoken language, electronic aids, visual helps, or tactile signing.
It is estimated that at least 90 per cent of church members and constituents living with any of these forms of hearing loss become church dropouts. Add to the number the many who never have been part of the faith community. The culprit is the lack of accessibility for these people in many of our churches. Not only are the needs of Deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing and deaf-blind folks neglected, but the churches and communities are deprived of the talents of these individuals.
Published in April, 2003 was a new book for ministry and mission to include persons living with auditory and optic losses or that are culturally deaf. Its title is Signs of Solidarity: Ministry with Deaf, Late-Deafened, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind People, Second Edition.
The first edition, written in 1994 by The Rev. Dr. Kathy Black of Claremont School of Theology, has been revised at the request of the National Committee on Ministries with Deaf, Late-Deafened, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Persons. That committee and the Health and Welfare Ministries Unit of the General Board of Global Ministries are the book’s publishers. Authors are Dr. Black, Nancy Kingsley (also its editor), Candis Shannon, the Rev. Kirk Van Gilder, and the Rev. Dr. Robert Walker.
The greatly revised and expanded contents of the book include Part One dealing with the Deaf culture, Part Two with late-deafened and hard of hearing people, and Part Three with deaf-blind folk. Also included are a theological statement, a glossary of terms, suggested steps toward specific ministries, a list of resources, and a cutout survey document to guide a church or agency toward hearing accessibility. Cost: $7.00 plus shipping and handling.
Please send your orders to GBGM Service Center, 7820 Reading Road, Caller No. 1800, Cincinnati, Ohio 45222-1800. To order by telephone, call the toll-free number (800) 305-9857. Fax orders can be sent to (513) 761-3722. Whether you order by mail, phone or fax, please indicate the title of the book, the stock no. 02088, and the number of copies you need.
Click here for a PDF version of the Signs of Solidarity brochure and order form.
"A History of the United Methodist Congress of the Deaf" by Kirk VanGilder. 1999. This spiral bound book of 86 pages traces the origins of ministry with and for the Deaf in the Church, the United Methodist Church and its predecessors. Easy to read and a good reference book for lay and scholars. Contains information on the first two Deaf men ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Philip Hasenstab and Daniel Moylan. Cost $25.
To order send check payable to "UMCD" to: Rev. Tom Hudspeth, Treasurer UMCD, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220.
Sign Language Hymns for Signing is an invaluable resource for sign language
interpreters, Deaf people and all those involved in Deaf ministry in their
churches. As anyone who has tried
to interpret hymns into American Sign Language knows, the ongoing challenge is
figuring out what the concept/meaning is behind the words and what the best
translation might be for that concept. This
book solves such major roadblocks, making for a successful Sunday service.
used in conjunction with Martin Sternberg’s American
Sign Language: A Comprehensive
Dictionary, American Sign Language: Hymns for Signing gives suggestions for
ASL translations to the hymns in the United Methodist Hymnal. The book
translates every song in the United
Methodist Hymnal into American Sign Language.
No pictures are provided; instead, words are written in ASL order, with
references to Sternberg’s dictionary to get pictorial representations of the
signs used. This is an invaluable resource not only to United Methodists, but to
members of other denominations, as so many of the hymns included are standard
throughout the various denominations.
Curt Keller was the editor for American Sign Language Hymns for Signing. LaVerle Carrington was the head translator. Many people helped with the translating. Among them were Wendy Carrington, Lee and Janet Painter, Jean Miller, the Rev. Tom A. Summey, Jr., Angie Liston, and Barbara Clark, Debbie Johnson, Gerri Wellman, Teresa Wilson, Diane Peterson, Lori McKenzie, and Ronda Hewlitt. The project was spearheaded by the United Methodist Congress of the Deaf. Financial assistance was provided by the Scarritt Foundation and the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
The newest book showing how to sign all of
the songs in the Hymnal Supplement, "The FAITH WE SING" is NOW
available through your local Cokesbury