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ARTICLES

Jean Vanier Made Us All More Human

by Christianity Today, May 7, 2019

The late founder of L’Arche showed the church how disability, vulnerability, and weakness bring us closer to one another and closer to Jesus.

BOOKS

Disability and the Way of Jesus  
Holistic Healing in the Gospels and the Church

By Bethany McKinney Fox (InterVarsity Press, 2019)

What does healing mean for people with disabilities? Bridging biblical studies, ethics, and disability studies with the work of practitioners, Bethany McKinney Fox examines healing narratives in their biblical and cultural contexts. This theologically grounded and winsomely practical resource helps us more fully understand what Jesus does as he heals and how he points the way for relationships.

Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness 
Exploring Missiology Through the Lens of Disability Studies

by Benjamin T. Conner (InterVarsity Press, 2018)

How would it look if we "disabled" Christian theology, discipleship, and theological education? Benjamin Conner initiates a new conversation between disability studies and Christian theology and missiology, imagining a church that fully incorporates persons with disabilities into its mission. In this vision, the people with disabilities are part of the church's pluriform witness, and the congregation embodies a robust hermeneutic of the gospel.

Disability and Inclusive Communities 

By Kevin Timpe (Calvin College Press, 2019)

Disability and Inclusive Communities intends to help readers learn how to build communities that fully include people with disabilities. Often our social practices unintentionally exclude those with disabilities by making it difficult for them to fully participate in the community. These practices hurt those whom we exclude. But they are also bad for our communities as a whole. Our communities--from our churches to our schools to our workplaces--are worse off when we exclude those with disabilities. We miss out on the opportunity to learn from complex, complete human beings who experience life in different ways. We miss out on becoming the Body of Christ in all its fullness. But our communities become better places for everyone when we pursue policies and practices of inclusion. Good intentions aren't enough. We need good social practices to make our communities more inclusive. For when we do that, all of us are better off.

Life on the Spectrum 
Faith. Hope. Love. Autism.

By Deborah Abbs, Kelli Ra Anderson, and Kevin R. O’Brien, (Foxburrow Media and Treading the Dawn, 2018)

No matter who we are or where we come from, autism has taken us on a common journey. Our faith has given us a common hope. We are different - black, white, male, female - but we all have children with autism. These are our stories: our struggles, our failures and triumphs, our parenting, our faith and a bit of everything in between. Along the way we realized we are not alone. Our lives, though not the ones we imagined, have given us new purpose and meaning. Our children have something unique and beautiful to offer the world. And to us. From creating a new normal for the holidays to re-thinking sibling relationships, from asking "why?!" to how to cope moving forward, Life on the Spectrum faces the reality of living with and loving our autistic children from a perspective of faith.

Living Gently in a Violent World  
The Prophetic Witness of Weakness

Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier, (InterVarsity Press, 2018)

The church has much to learn from an often-overlooked group—those with disabilities. Including a study guide in this expanded edition, Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier shed light on what it means to be human and how we are to live, carefully exploring the contours of a countercultural community marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking, and faithfulness.

Still Life  
A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression

By Gillian Marchenko (InterVarsity Press, 2016)

For Gillian Marchenko, dealing with depression means learning to accept and treat it as a physical illness, while continuing as a wife and mother of four, two with special needs. How can she care for her family when she can't even get out of bed? Her story is real and raw, not one of quick fixes. But hope remains as she discovers that living with depression is still life.

WEBSITES

Joni and Friends | Advancing Disability Ministry

 

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