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A Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Studies, by Ben Conner
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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. 

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