Curated by Jim McIntire

Listed below you will find recommended online resources. Additional information coming soon.

General Resources

“That All May Worship.” https://www.aapd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/That-All-May-Worship.pdf

“The Church and People with Disabilities: Awareness, Accessibility, and Advocacy.” https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/22758559-the-church-and-people-with-disabilities

The Julian Way – https://neighboringmovement.org/the-julian-way

Disability Theology

John Swinton: Theology and Disability (https://youtu.be/UJFGbU5tnKY) March 26, 2019 #TheologySlam

An Interview with L’ Arche founder Jean Vanier (https://youtu.be/HzIwhLiZ1i8) May 9 2019, Nicky & Pippa Gumbel 

Healing the Wounds of Privilege Becoming (Amy Julia Becker) & More Effective Agents of Change: Looking Beyond Inclusion to All Intersections of One’s Disability (Andy Arias) Summer Institute on Disability & Theology, Plenary Session #2, May 20-23, 2019 (https://youtu.be/5rmaEaUZpO4)

Who is the God We Worship? Theologies of Disability; Challenges and New Possibilities. Dr. John Swinton, 2011 (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/content-images/Who_is_the_God_We_Worship.pdf)

Institute on Disability & Theology. Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/theologydisability/

Collaborative on Faith & Disability. https://faithanddisability.org/

Summer Institute on Theology & Disability. https://faithanddisability.org/institute/

“Disability Theology is for Everyone.” Stephanie Tait, September 23, 2019. (A 5 Day Devotional)  https://www.ourbibleapp.com/new-blog/disability-not-punishment

“A Disabled God.” Disability Concerns Committee of the UMC. (A 7 Day Devotional)  https://www.ourbibleapp.com/new-blog/disabled-god

Denominational Resources

  • The United Methodist Church 
  • United Church of Christ (UCC)

Books on Disability, Faith, and Theology

The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability

The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability – by Nancy L. Eiesland, Abingdon Press

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Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship – by John Swinton, Baylor University Press

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Pastoral Care and Intellectual Disability: A Person-centered Approach – by Anna Katherine Ellerman Shurley, Baylor University Press

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The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God, by Amos Yong, Eerdmans Publishing Company

Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability), by Amos Yong, Baylor University Press

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God Plays Piano, Too: The Spiritual Lives of Disabled Children, by Brett Webb-Mitchell, Crossroad

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Dancing with Disabilities: Opening the Church to All God’s Children, by Brett Webb-Mitchell, Wipf and Stock Publishers

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Unexpected Guests at God’s Banquet: Welcoming People with Disabilities into the Church, by Brett Webb-Mitchell, Wipf and Stock Publishers

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The Julian Way: A Theology of Fullness for All of God’s People, by Justin Hancock, Wipf and Stock Publishers

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Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant, by Jeremy Schipper, OUP Oxford

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Becoming Human, by Jean Vanier, Paulist Press

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History of Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf, by Leo Yates, Peggy A. Johnson, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Deaf Ministry: Make a Joyful Silence, by Peggy A. Johnson, Robert L. Walker, BookSurge

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God, Medicine, and Suffering, by Stanley Hauerwas, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

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Disability Advocacy Among Religious Organizations: Histories and Reflections, by Albert A Herzog, Routledge

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Apocalyptic Paul, by Beverly Roberts Gaventa

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Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness, by William C. Gaventa, Baylor University Press

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A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability, by Kathy Black, Abingdon Press

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Disability Studies and Biblical Literature, by C. Moss, J. Schipper, Springer

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Human Disability and the Service of GodReassessing Religious Practice, by Nancy L. Eiesland, Don E. Saliers, Abingdon Press

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Religion and Disability: Essays in Scripture, Theology, and Ethics, by Marilyn Bishop, Sheed & Ward

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The Bible and Disability: A Commentary, by Sarah J. Melcher, Mikeal Carl Parsons, Amos Yong, Hymns Ancient & Modern Limited

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Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader, by Brian Brock, John Swinton, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Adam: God's Beloved

Adam: God’s Beloved, by Henri Nouwen, Orbis Books

Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey

Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey, by Rachel Simon , Plume

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Waist-high in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled, by Nancy Mairs, Beacon Press

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Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic, by Martha Nibley Beck, Berkley

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The Day The Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope, by Ken Steele, Claire Berman, Basic Books

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Planet of the Blind, by Stephen Kuusisto, Delta Trade Paperbacks

Power of the Powerless: A Brother’s Legacy of Love, by Christopher De Vinck; Introduction by Jean Vanier; Afterword by Fred Rogers; Doubleday

This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies, by Hector Avalos, Sarah J. Melcher, Jeremy Schipper, Society of Biblical Literature


A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, by Amy Julia Becker, Bethany House Publishers

Lindsay’s Gift: Faith Learnings from a Girl with No Words 
by Jim McIntire