Accessibility Houses of Worship

Jerry Lamb, who has a spine condition, talks to Pastor Adam Kelchner at Camden First United Methodist Church on Dec. 8, 2022, in Camden, Tenn. The church at the urging of the pastor recently had a couple pews cut in half so Jerry, and anyone else who uses a wheelchair, walker or other aid, can still sit with the rest of the congregation.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Jerry Lamb could not maneuver his wheelchair into the rows of pews at his church. It wouldn’t fit. Nor could he sit in the aisles without awkwardly blocking the way.

So he adapted. It’s a regular part of his new life with limited mobility that requires near-constant calculations of how to navigate a world no longer set up for him. That included his longtime church in Camden, Tennessee – one of the many U.S. houses of worship with accessibility limitations.

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