Thursday, July 11, 2013

Episcopal deaf ministries

It was Episcopal minister Thomas Gallaudet who first offered services in sign language in New York City in 1852 that started the church's ministry to the deaf. The Episcopal church became the first protestant denomination to ordain a deaf person--the Rev. Henry Winter Syle in 1876 and there are more than two dozen deaf Episcopal churches today. Read about how the church continues to minister to the spiritual needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the U.S. today in an article here.