September 16th, 2012

i fight fire with words

disability and theology texts

Fri. Sept. 14, 2012

Having talked with Molly tonight, I wanted to put up a list of the books on theology+disability that people recommended when I crowdsourced on Sunday (thanks to those who signal-boosted and/or responded) since the prime takeaway from that conversation was a commitment to keep engaging with this issue.

* A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability (Kathleen Black)
* This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies (ed. Hector Avalos).
* round-table discussion about disability & Biblical studies in Women in the Hebrew Bible (ed. Alice Bach).
* Spirit and the Politics of Disablement (Sharon V. Betcher)
* The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability (Nancy L. Eiesland)
* The Wounded Healer (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

I also went to my GoodReads to pull up the stuff I read 2-3 years ago (NB: not all of these texts explicitly deal with theology -- this is more to share some of the context that I have when I approach this issue):
* Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (Deborah Beth Creamer)
* Deaf Liberation Theology (Hannah Lewis)
* Theology Without Words: Theology in the Deaf Community (Wayne Morris)
* The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability (Susan Wendell)
* Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism & Other Difficult Positions (Lennard J. Davis)
* Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies (GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies #9.5)
* Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (Robert McRuer)
apples and honey

[5773] The gates of repentance are (always) open.

As has become my custom, reposting this from Amy:
One of the big pieces of the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that you reflect over the past year, and you attempt to (A) accept and forgive anything that has been done to you, and (B) apologize and ask forgiveness for anything you have done to others.

[...]

Anonymous is enabled, and all comments are screened. If I've done anything to hurt you this year, let me know. If there's anything you think I might still be upset over, let me know that too. I won't unscreen unless you specifically request I do [...] The goal isn't to start fresh- that's often not possible- but to acknowledge what has happened over this year (or any previous time, if you so choose) as an attempt to not have it happen again.

I promise to treat anything you say seriously and respectfully, and I will seriously be considering it over the next ten days.
Pr. Lisa closed service today with reading Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day" ... "what will you do with your one wild and precious life?"