Who We Are
All Belong equips congregations and schools to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities.
We envision a world where communities are marked by belonging for persons with varied abilities.
Our Core Beliefs
Directed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and relying on the Holy Spirit, we believe:
- Diversity of ability is necessary for complete community
- We experience God’s love through belonging in community
- We bring glory to God when we live, learn, serve, and worship together in interdependent community
Our Theology of Inclusion
As you consider receiving the gifts of persons with disabilities and implementing universal design concepts, we encourage you to reflect on All Belong’s core values, which have strong biblical foundations. Below are just a few references for your own use in biblical study. At All Belong, we believe…
Every person reflects God’s image.
As an image bearer of God, every person has intrinsic value that cannot be denied and must be celebrated.
Genesis 1: All human beings are created in God’s image and in His likeness.
Colossians 3:10: As Christians, we are being “renewed in knowledge after the image of the Creator”.
Every person has been placed in this world for a purpose.
Every individual should have the opportunity to realize, understand, and accomplish his/her purpose.
II Corinthians 12:7-10: God’s household is a web of partnerships between people, all of whom are a mix of strength and weakness, gift and need.
Matthew 22:37-40: The call to serve God and neighbor comes to everyone.
Every person deserves our best.
God calls us to give our best as our responsibility to others.
Luke 21:1-4, Matthew 25:21: God expects people to use faithfully the gifts that He the Creator, has given, regardless of how those gifts might be measured on some human scale.
I John 1 and Philippians 2: Equally broken, we also are equally called to be servants of each other.
Every partnership is valuable.
Interacting with others creates relationships vital to every person’s development.
I Corinthians 12:22-25: “But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”
Romans 15:7: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
Bible verses abridged from Appendix A of the G.L.U.E. Training Manual, written by Dr. Thomas B. Hoeksema, Sr. and Dr. Andrew J. Bandstra.
For more information, see the G.L.U.E. Training Manual and DVD by Barbara J. Newman and Kimberly Luurtsema available in our Online Store.