A Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Studies, by Ben Conner
View this email in your browser
Opening Doors
Including Persons with Mental Illness and Disabilities
Announcing a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies
Opening Doors, the blog of Anabaptist Disabilities Network

A Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Studies

By Ben Conner
While issues of class, race, ethnicity, and economic marginalization have been receiving increasing attention in theological institutions, the lived experience of marginalization related to disability rarely enters into the theological imagination. What makes the absence of disability interests in theological studies so odd is the prevalence of people with disabilities in the United States.

People with disabilities, taken as a group, can be conceived of as the largest multicultural minority group, an open minority group which most people will likely enter against their will, and it is a group that includes a collection of people who can be found in every class, race, ethnicity and economic circumstance. The fact that around eighteen percent of the population has a disability suggests that nearly every person in the US is touched by disability.

Unfortunately, theological institutions have been slow to address the reality of the experience of disability in any comprehensive way. Western Theological Seminary is stepping into this gap to offer a Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Studies. It may be completed entirely online. 


Our blog is Opening Doors

While we have been writing and posting blog entries for several years, we have just begun sending out Opening Doors posts by email, up to a few times a month. 

You have the option to limit your subscription to receiving only Connections newsletters (3 issues a year) by clicking the link at the bottom of this email to update your subscription preferences.

Visit Opening Doors 
Share a story or photo

OUR VISION: Faith communities are transformed when individuals with disabilities and their God-given gifts and experiences enjoy full inclusion in the Body of Christ. 
OUR MISSION: ADNet supports Anabaptist congregations, families, and persons touched by disabilities to nurture inclusive communities. 

You can support the mission of Anabaptist Disabilities Network. Make a financial gift to enable ADNet to nurture and resource inclusive communities of faith.

Contact Us:
We welcome your questions/comments.          
Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet)
3145 Benham Avenue, Suite 5
Elkhart, IN 46517-1970
Voice Mail/Fax: 1-877-214-9838
Phone: (574) 343-1362
E-mail us
Copyright © 2016 Anabaptist Disabilities Network, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp