Submitted by First Parish, Unitarian Universalist Church in Bedford
First Parish in Bedford recently became the second Unitarian Universalist congregation in the country to be named an “AIM-certified congregation.” AIM (Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry) is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and EqUUal Access, an organization whose mission is to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities. Marie Ryder, a member of First Parish’s Access for ALL team, accepted the award on the behalf of the congregation at General Assembly, the UUA’s recent national meeting in New Orleans.
The pioneering efforts of the UUA and the United Church of Christ are unique among faith communities, offering programs specifically designed to promote greater welcoming and inclusion of people with disabilities and their families.
First Parish has been an AIM pilot congregation for the last five years. The congregation’s Access for ALL team has evaluated UUA-developed materials and processes; the team has also developed plans for improved access and inclusion, both in the congregation and in Bedford
You can learn more about the AIM program at www.uua.org/accessibility/aim. For more information about specifics at First Parish, or to talk with us about access/inclusion projects your congregation might want to undertake, please get in touch with Lee Vorderer, at email@example.com.