John Swinton, Ph.D.
Holly Soul and Bill Gaventa are discussing. Toggle Comments
Notes during the current talk: Theology that underlies their research and work in theology and disability.
Disability and the strange new world of the Bible. God who says to people in the Bible with disability….use your disability/whole self. Not healed, use it. Do what I have commanded.
A disabled body is the source of our salvation.
Disability does something different in the Bible, not the way healing ministries see it. Many not healed.
Motto of Olympics: spirit in motion. Bodies are soulful. Genesis 2:7. God breathing into dust and became a living soul. Animated earth. We are our bodies and we are our souls. We have the “nephesh” of God within us.
Every human encounter is a holy moment, engaging with God’s nephesh. Earth animated by the breath of God, human beings are hoy creatures among otheers in a holy world. Attending to God’s creatures is a way of attending to God. Recognize who we are and whose we are.
John Hull…Touching the Rock. Describes experience of becoming blind. His understanding of knowledge begins to change. Body is a source of epistemology. Generates knowledge as well as processing from the outside. As he begins to lose his sight, the world changes. Moves from outside to inside. Experience the world from inside his own body. Could have been trapped, but once he was comfortable there, he could then move back out and experience a new world. World began to change because a new world was being opened up. None of us encounter the world in the same way.
We all create worlds, live in multiple worlds. No place of normality. There are multiple worlds. In Bible, we are called to love and to listen.
How do you develop the right method of research for the right world. If I impose my world, colonialism.
Stories…importance of listening.
How does LArche communities understand profound intellectual disabilities. Ask anyone there a question and they will tell you a story. Came back with stories and no facts.
Jean Paul with profound disability and heart condition. Jean Paul, where were you. At the doctor? What did the doctor? He looked into my heart. What did he see? Jesus. What was Jesus doing? He was rresting. “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit” “Temple of the Holy Spirit”
Katie: Praying without words. Katie has no words. Learned some signs. Uses sign of prayer to say “Thank you.” What does it mean to pray when you have no words/
Sensing the gospel: Elizabeth’s story. Mom told her, Katie you have leukemia. Did not understand words. But why did she cry. In Quaker community, when they went into their silence, she became peaceful and silent. In the first story, she could experience her Mother’s anxiety. In worship, drawn into the silence.
Maybe spirituality is always communal thing.
Communal nature of spirituality:
Jesus is encountered in relationships
Necessary to feel the gospel.
Not something one has, but something one encounters. Jeremish, to know God, is to know and encounter the poor, outcast.
Knowing God is a social practice. Underpinning all the work we do is be included. Need to be there, but to belong, you need to be missed. To be included, you just need to be there, but to belong, you need to be missed. Paul: All of you together are the temple of God.
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