National Council of Churches in India
Indian Disability Ecumenical Accompaniment
Nagpur Inter-Faith Round Table on Disability,
7 – 9 Aug 2017, Nagpur, India.
All Faiths Commit to work towards Inclusive Communities.
The Indian Disability Ecumenical Accompaniment (IDEA) is an Ecumenical Initiative of the NCCI. The IDEA aims to facilitate the Member Churches to be disabled-friendly and accompany the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), theologically, ministerially and diaconally.
From 7 to 9 August the NCCI – IDEA organised an Interfaith Round Table on Disability in Nagpur, India by joining hands with the World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (WCC -EDAN), Spalding Trust, Church of Ireland, World Vision India and Christian Service Agency. There were seventy representatives including those with Disabilities (PWDs) hailing from eight different faith backgrounds, as clerics, theologians, academicians, practitioners representing the traditions of Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Indigenous community, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism. The round table conversed on how religions look at PWDs, deliberated upon the status and place accorded by Holy Scriptures to such persons, what is God’s view on PWDs in different faiths and also on how faith communities look at PWDs. We discussed about the role of faith communities in promoting and inculcating the culture of inclusion in faith communities and in society.