Take a moment to name all of the disabled people you can think of in the Bible. Go on, try it! This workshop description will wait.
Now, how many of those on your list did you actually have names for, instead of say, “the woman who bled for 12 years?” How many of them were prominent people? Did your list include Moses, who had a speech impediment? What about the Apostle Paul with his chronic pain? Or Jacob/Israel, who limped? What about Jesus?
The story of Christianity without disabled people is only half the story.
Despite the fact that disabled people were the original members of the Jesus movement, the modern Church frequently refuses to see them as full members of the Body of Christ. While it celebrates stories that involve Good Samaritans caring for the disabled, the Church itself still so often leaves disabled people by the wayside, using expense, hassle, and tradition as excuses to do so. And in direct opposition to the teachings of Jesus and the scriptures, the Church habitually denies the truth about disabled people: that they are fully made in the image and likeness of God and loved exactly, wholly, inclusively as they are.
In this workshop on Disability Justice in the Church, we will work to transform our perceptions so that we might become a better, more inclusive and accessible, beloved community.
St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center, EpiscoWisco Camp, & ECCC, Fond du Lac