TEAM Belong

TEAM Belong (That Every Ability May Belong; formerly known as Inclusion Awareness Day), is a ministry designed to create a sense of belonging among Orthodox Christians with disabilities, as well their families, in their parishes. Inspired by Romans 15:7, “Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God”, TEAM Belong’s efforts culminate every year in October when parishes designate and celebrate one Sunday of the month as Inclusion Awareness Day. By observing this day, the ministry hopes to further educate parishioners about the needs of people with physical, intellectual, emotional and sensory disabilities in our midst, as well as to recognize the tremendous value they add to our community.

TEAM Belong also supports parishes by awarding grants up to $1,000. Here are a few examples of the parishes who received grants: St. Andrew’s added an outdoor ramp, St. John the Baptist defrayed their cost for an interior ramp, Holy Apostles installed handrails at solea, and Sts. Constantine and Helen installed automatic door openers to their main church. 

 

Our Vision


We feel we belong when we are accepted: personal interactions over time let us know we are accepted for who we are.

We feel we belong when we are cared for: when people care about us by showing concern.  

We feel we belong when we are befriended: when we have developed friendships with members of our community.

We feel we belong when we feel needed: when we contribute to the community and our contributions are recognized and appreciated.

That Every Ability May Belong challenges our parishes to move beyond inclusion to belonging. The goal is to create parishes and religious schools where individuals of all abilities belong, working alongside their brothers and sisters in faith. 

 

Website

www.TEAMBelong.org 

 

Contact

For more information or to get involved, contact Maria Kotsinis at [email protected], Eleni Patos at [email protected] or Kostas Zografopoulos at [email protected].

 

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Latest Resources, News, & Events Latest Resources, News, & Events

  • Eastern Orthodox Christian Workbook: TEAM Belong Month »

    November 1, 2021

    That Every Ability May Belong Month is time set aside to focus your parish and school on the many ways we can move beyond inclusion to belonging for individuals who happen to have disabilities. Download this workbook for a list of ways your parish can participate!

  • 12th Annual Inclusion Awareness Sunday »

    November 1, 2021

    The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Andrew Chicago invites you to the 12h Annual Inclusion Awareness Sunday on November 7, 2021.

  • Inclusion Awareness Day »

    October 8, 2013

    In our constant striving to fulfill our Great Commission in Christ, we once again invite all of our faithful and parishes to observe Sunday, October 13, 2013, as Inclusion Awareness Day.