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Professor Kirk VanGilder featured in United Methodist News Service for his work with the Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf

Kirk VanGilder

Dr. Kirk VanGilder, associate professor in the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology, was recognized in an article by the United Methodist News Service, for his part at the Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf in Waxahachie, Texas on August 1, 2017. This was the fourth conference of its kind, which focused on religious leadership within the deaf community. VanGilder serves as a Deaf United Methodist elder, and believes in more leadership opportunities for deaf people.

“Deaf people have been very dependent on hearing people for leadership. We want to even out the playing field.” said VanGilder in the article. 

According to VanGilder, the conference was a gathering of 110 people from six different countries including, South Korea, Brazil, Kenya, Ghana, and Sri Lanka, and also people from 15 U.S. states. The aim of the conference was about mission relationships in building up deaf leadership in all aspects of deaf community development, including within United Methodist churches. He shared that former Gallaudet Professor Dr. Amy Wilson, who now works with the Mill Neck International Foundation, and Sarah Houge, G-'10, gave an excellent workshop on best practices for deaf development outreach and facilitated a conversation between mission partners aimed at getting the group thinking in those terms for future partnerships among ministries.  

To view the full story, go here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/deaf-ministry-moves-toward-empowerment.

Photo courtesy of United Methodist Church.

Posted by Andrew Greenman | Posted August 4, 2017 at 2:47 PM

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