December 17

By: Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice, UCC National

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God's name (excerpt from Luke 1:46b-55).


“Growing up disabled, growing up queer, the stakes were stark. It was either kindle tenacious love for myself or swallow the world’s projections whole. And, so, I chose. I taught myself to trace the lines on the palms of my own hands, a contour of the sacred. I found and felt and claimed the holiness of my own bones. I said yes to my own heart, to my own soul. I had the brilliant audacity to call it good and know it whole.” – Julia Watts Belser, Loving Our Own Bones: Disability Wisdom and the Spiritual Subversiveness of Knowing Ourselves Whole

Mary’s song affirms the truth we know in our bones: we are blessed. The people whom society’s curses with systemic injustice and oppression are blessed by the sacred.  No law, act of discrimination, injustice or terror can erase our sacred, blessed wholeness. Jewish disability justice scholar and rabbi, Julia Watts Belser remembers what it was like growing up with cerebral palsy. Instead of believing the lie that something was wrong with her body, she discovered her disabled body’s holiness. Whenever we receive messages that our bodies don’t align with the idealized images of an ableist and patriarchal society, the Spirit whispers, “you are blessed.”



Inhale: There is holiness in these bones.

Exhale: Generations will call me blessed.


Artwork: “Everyone Has the Right to Live with Dignity” by Kim Dinh.
Used with permission CC BY-NC-ND
Find more at Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative


“In every instance in which the State has consigned the vulnerable to the status of Nobody, the People have asserted that they are, in fact, Somebody. In doing so, they offer hope that another world is indeed possible, that empires eventually fall, and that freedom is closer than we think.” - Marc Lamont Hill

Take Action

Abolition is knowing our blessed wholeness.

  1. The United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries provides resources for congregations to become A2A (Accessible-to-All). Prayerfully discern how God is calling your church to be a place of radical belonging for people with disabilities.
  2. Ableism is more than about inaccessible church buildings and pulpits, elevators and ramps; it is also about our attitudes, biases and language. Start to dismantle your ableism by changing ableist language you use.
Learn more about UCC Disabilities Ministries

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