By Ann Leaman
Ohio Conference Resource Advocate

This month I would like to highlight a resource about giving and a resource from Anabaptist Disabilities Network related to baptism.

Provident Giving Sessions

This fall MennoMedia is partnering with Everence to provide a free webinar series about generosity, “The Provident Giving Sessions.” The first webinar, held in August, explored why people give.

The second webinar in the series will be held Sept. 21, focusing on the theme “Strategic Generosity: Maximizing your charitable impact.”

The final webinar in the series, to be held on Oct. 19, will focus on the theme “Strategic generosity at year end.”

All sessions begin at 2 p.m. ET. Recordings will be available for those whose schedules will not accommodate afternoon meetings. Register online at

Baptism Resource

Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN) has published Believing and Belonging: An Accessible Anabaptist Membership Curriculum for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. This curriculum fills the increasing need for curriculum written specifically for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. Congregations who seek to include people with disabilities in their faith communities can use this curriculum to welcome those with intellectual disabilities into full membership in the Body of Christ.

This curriculum has 36 lessons covering God’s first people, the story of Jesus, the story of the Early Church, Anabaptist beliefs and practices, and a discussion of baptism and membership. Each story features a captivating illustration by Dona Park or real-life photos that assist in understanding. Lessons also involve a “do” portion, with action-items that provide a learning through doing approach.

Believing and Belonging is designed as a year-long preparation for a decision about baptism and church membership. Books are available from Brethren Press. To purchase, to go