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How churches can accommodate members with disabilities

How churches can accommodate members with disabilities

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Most worship services led by Pastor Don Geller border on chaos. During a recent baptism, formal prayers competed with an impromptu performance of "Jingle Bells" by two little girls and intermittent shouts from a 12-year-old boy for parishioners' attention.

"It's a challenge, believe me," said the Rev. Geller, 61. "But it's the only way I can get everyone in the room."

He knows not to expect the quiet reverence that characterizes many Christians' worship experiences. When someone cries out or gets up to wander the room, the Rev. Geller keeps preaching.

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