Rebecca was born with a complicated eye condition that caused her to be visually impaired. As a young person, her deepest wish was to become a music teacher and share the joy of music with children; however, systemic ableism at the university level prevented her from achieving this goal. She mourned for the loss of her dream, and then she started taking her writing seriously. Telling her story has helped her to reshape her personal narrative and to take back her power. She hopes to share what she has learned with others during this session. We all have a story to tell, and the world needs your story! Our stories shape the world, and together we can make big changes, one story at a time.
I'm putting all my social media skills to use for the Glory of God and the service of Church. I will be posting daily devotional videos. Some will be humorous, and others will be a bit more serious. Some will have special guests(filmed from a safe distance)and others will be just me. I hope they help provide you with comfort and a smile during this time.
Here are some ideas for simple and meaningful ways the church can support people with disabilities during these challenging times.
The most dangerous snake is the one that you don’t see. The snake that you don’t see is the one that bites you. We fall into sin when we do not realize that we are being tempted. The most dangerous temptations are the ones we don’t even see coming.
I am very honored to be the keynote speaker at the Disability Awareness Conference in Dover, DE on March 14th at Wyoming, UMC. I hope that you will join us!
What Glaucoma Has Given Me…
and what it has taken away.
It’s always exciting to have an article accepted for publication, and I’m so pleased that my latest article was included in CAPTIVATING! Magazine. It is my hope that this article will help to raise awareness about glaucoma and inspire others to chase their dreams. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.
Click the following link to read the entire article on CAPTIVATING! Magazine: https://captivatingmagazine.com/2020/03/01/what-glaucoma-has-given-to-me/
and What It Has Taken Away
By Rev. Rebecca L. Holland
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.
Introduction: The Power of Music
It is a delight to play on the baby grand at the front of the church. My piano teacher sits on the front pew and attentively listens with her head cocked slightly to one side. Although I’m tired after a long day, I throw my entire heart into the music. The air around us fills with the strains of Beethoven’s Woo 59 in a minor, a melody popularly known as Für Elise.
I can’t drive because of my poor vision, but I happily paid the cost of an Uber to travel across town to the church where my teacher gives lessons. It’s worth the expense to bring music into my…
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Everhart offers hope to survivors as she declares that God is present with the violated and stands in solidarity with victims. Scriptural narratives like those of Tamar and Bathsheba carry powerful resonance in today's context, as do the accounts of Jesus' interactions with women.
I'm so happy to have the opportunity to share my work as a staff writer for CAPTIVATING! Magazine. CAPTIVATING! is a magazine that empowers people with disabilities. At CAPTIVATING! the power and possibilities of inclusion are limitless.
In order to celebrate the publication of my new book, The United Methodist Church & Disability, here are the top things I wish people understood about blindness/ low vision.
My marathon training has taught me that the most important part of reaching any goal is taking it one step at a time. We just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Even if your mobility is limited, we can all take small but significant metaphorical steps to improving our own health. Remember- it’s not about winning. It’s how you run the race!