New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
News >

Film reveals worship needs

 A TEAM of believers with learning difficulties last week premired life-changing film, Faith in Practice, at the Globe Theatre in LondonThe film challenges faith leaders in the UK to ensure that the rights obelievers with learning difficulties are taken seriously. It shows iparticular how important worship is for them.At the launch of the film, Professor John Swinton, who trained imental-health care, said the work the team had done "will change peoples live. The religious needs of people with learning difficulties were finally beinnoticed, he said. "There are huge differences between religious traditions, but we all believthat religion is fundamentally important."But Richard West, who co-chairs the National Advisory Group for LearninDisabilities and Ethnicity, said that, despite the legislation, people were nodoing enough."Its no use asking people what they want: they must actually do it. Frohigh government down to the local charities, they have a duty to do somethingPeople in church have no excuse not to," he said.Pat was a consultant for the film. She attends a house church where, shsaid, the people were very good; but sometimes she felt they did not want heto be herself. "I cant sit still in one place: I think thats what they donlike."Responding to one critic who worried that people with learning difficultiecould be exploited, Pat said: "Everybody is going about their business outhere and they have no time. Life is so quick for people and anybody who ifeeling very, very lonely. It would be easy to get pulled in. "But what about people who cant communicate their faith, but who wansomething spiritual in their lives? If the Foundation for People with LearninDifficulties got the money to do this for people who dont use a spokelanguage, that would be fantastic."The Foundations co-director, Hazel Morgan, said people with learnindifficulties rarely got the support they needed to fulfil their spirituaneeds. "We hope this film will encourage faith communities to involve themore."Faith in Practice: DVD costs 12.50, but is free to people with learnindifficulties and family carers; phone 020 7803 1100

Job of the week

Lecturer in Biblical Studies

New Zealand

THE COLLEGE OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST LECTURER IN BIBLICAL STUDIES (known as 'The Sir Paul Reeves' Lecturer') St John's Theological College (An Anglican Seminary of the Province of Aotearoa, New ...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

I was there when the tsunami struck

I was there when the tsunami struck

Ten years ago, Maxwell Hutchinson and his wife were on holiday in Sri Lanka when it was torn apart by the tsunami. He tells how they survived  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Should sanctions be imposed on clergy who marry a same-sex partner?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

There is no divine right of managers

Business should be learning from the Church rather than the other way round, argues Justin Lewis-Anthony  Subscribe to read more

Fri 19 Dec 14 @ 16:39
Church of England leaders respond to ‘turbulence’ over Green report http://t.co/HQzSmX6Guk

Fri 19 Dec 14 @ 16:34
Vigil for victims of Peshawar school attack at St John's, Waterloo, Saturday 11am http://t.co/jCVNvNYj79 http://t.co/FjU7yhKGCI