Chaplain speaks on ministering to those with disabilities
The Rev. Doctor Dan Osgood, protestant chaplain at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center for the past 26 years, was invited to speak on the topic “Ministry to People with Disabilities.” He will be one of the guest lecturers to lead a session in an eight-week course titled “Beyond Suffering: A Christian View of Disability Ministries.”
The course, offered by the Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, began Feb. 13 and is being held at CenterPoint Church in Concord. Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and chief executive officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. People with disabilities are considered one of the world’s largest under-represented groups and the Christian church is largely unprepared for the burgeoning disabled population. One of the primary goals of the “Beyond Suffering Course” is to address this issue by preparing leaders in ministry, education, medicine and science to become involved in this life-changing ministry.
In addition to serving as the protestant chaplain at the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, the Rev. Dr. Osgood is also pastor of the Greenfield Covenant Church, which presently holds it worship services at the CMRC. The church is a congregation committed to minister to people with disabilities.
This congregation is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
For more information about Greenfield Covenant Church and/or the CMRC Protestant Chaplaincy, call the church’s Ministry Center at 547-3626 or visit www.greenfieldchurch.org.