American Sign Language Ministry
The American Sign Language (ASL) Ministry provides spiritual support, accessibility, respect and cultural sensitivity to all congregational members who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Bradley United Methodist Church respects the linguistic and cultural richness of both ASL and English as natural human languages.
There are over 860,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing residents of Indianapolis and an interpreter ratio of 1/624. Bradley UMC realizes that qualified interpreters are needed in our community. Many deaf and hard of hearing individuals do not attend church regularly because they lack an avenue for accessibility. Thus, the Deaf population is one of the largest unreached groups in our society.
Bradley UMC believes church worship should be accessible to all people. To fulfill this commitment, church services are interpreted Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Upon request, Interpreters can be arranged for other Church services and activities. This furthers our goal of connecting in faith, growing in grace, and serving in love, specifically in “connecting.” The interpreter’s main job responsibility is to connect those in the congregation who may be Deaf or Hard of Hearing with the Word of God, their faith community, and the church staff.
Bradley UMC has enjoyed a great partnership with Vincennes University ASL Program and IUPUI’s ASL/English Interpreter Training Program(ITP). We highly encourage students of these programs to come to Greenfield, IN to visit and connect with our community for observations or practicum opportunities.
For information contact the church at 317-462-2662 or use our Contact Form.