Create pathways in theological education and congregational practice for people with disabilities!
Graduate Theological Education and the Human Experience of Disability examines graduate schools of theology and their limited familiarity with the study of disabilityand the presence of people with disabilities in particularon their campuses. Dubbed a missing note by one theologian, this text offers critical research and illuminates new pathways for theologia and practice in the community of faith. Reviews of previous literature, theology, and practices illuminate how people with disabilities have historically been marginalized by the religious community. Theologians, people with disabilities, and researchers offer suggestions for incorporating disability studies into theological education and religious life.
This text contains firsthand testimony from people with disabilities who are the necessary sources of wisdom for overcoming barriers. By infusing education into existing theological curriculum, seminaries may better prepare their students for leadership and ministry in their congregations. People with disabilities number 18% of the population, yet represent only 5-7% of congregational membership.
This book explores aspects of theology and disability such as: