How will you respond? Will you sit down with them and go over the ontological argument for God’s existence or the intricacies of the Trinity? Will you even try to explain issues related to the logical problem of evil? If not, do you have anything for them? ...But instead of just requiring a rational response, it requires a compassionate response.
Our church has supported us through prayer, financial aid and food or food vouchers and occasional visits. We also have a deaconess who is totally amazing, and she is the first person we'd call for anything! But do we feel like we belong?
One of the reasons for this site is to draw together some of the resources available on theology and disability. You can find past posts in the resources category. Recently our attention was drawn to a book published in February by Glenda Prins, "Lessons from Katherine" in the Spiritual Struggles series. It is a memoir [...]
Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis MN has a professional and inspiring video to encourage people to get involved in their disability ministry. You can learn more about their ministry here and if you can't access the video below you can watch it on YouTube here. Do you have promotional tools to raise awareness of [...]
Interview with Dr. John Swinton This is an recent interview in the United Observer with my friend, John Swinton. It's an excellent piece that highlights the importance of clear theological thinking in regards to disability ministries.
"The Abilities Ministries is a disability rights Christian Ministry that is leading the way in connecting the disabled and Christian Community together in order to mutually respect the rights and choices of people with disabilities to equally participate within the church. The Abilities Ministries is supporting churches in becoming strategic and proactive in reaching out [...]
What: The vision of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability is to expand the depth and breadth of theological inquiry and resources that address and include the gifts, needs, and contributions of people with disabilities and their families to theological learning and religious practice. Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada When: July 15 - 19, 2013 [...]
Director- From The Inside Out- Special Needs Ministry Website: www.ftiomin.weebly.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Two years ago, if you asked me what I would be doing today, I would definitely not have included my current role as the Director of a disability ministry! Although my life has been touched by disability since I was a young child, [...]
Click here to visit the site of the special needs ministry at Centre Street Church in Calgary "I'm so happy to be here," I enthused on the platform overlooking a theatre crowded with restless children. “Are you happy to be here too, even at this early hour of the morning?” the adults stared blankly at [...]
Book: Dementia: Living in the Memories of God 2012. This is a readable and highly engaging exploration of what it means to be person, community, and a follower of God. Although written on the topic of dementia, it has significant implications for those with cognitive disabilities. I highly recommend this book for those in disability [...]