Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes (IFD Certification in Ministry with People with Disabilities)
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This is the second of four courses in the Ministry with People with Disabilities. In this course we will expand on what we began learning in course one of this certification process. Through this course, students will be provided a theological foundation for the practice of ministry, relating theology to relevant issues of disability and faith development. Students will be engaged in theological reflection relating to tradition, experience, and exploration of the theology of disability. Learners will study various theologies and will be asked to incorporate their own denominational theology into the conversation and into their weekly papers. Focus will be on a theology of hospitality towards those with a variety of disabilities. Students will be engaged in theological reflection relating to tradition, experience and exploring the theology of disability.
Learners are required to have the following book for this class; a list of additional resources will be provided.
- Redefining Perfect: The Interplay Between Theology and Disability by Amy E. Jacobe, Nick Palermo
- The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability, by Nancy L. Eiesland
- Love God and Love People by Cari Godbehere
Live Google Meet based on a common availability time.
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
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About the Instructor
Jenn owned a small business tech company for 16 years and has extensive experience with technology in both church and business settings. A member of the United Methodist Women in New York and United Methodist Church’s New York and Michigan Conferences virtual tech support teams, she is a technological consultant for churches on a wide variety of subjects. Her expertise includes Google Suites (personal through enterprise/nonprofit) and Microsoft Office Suites, as well as virtual reality and 3D printing and design. She also is a leader in roles that assist persons with disabilities, and is a Badge Program Coordinator of the Disability Concerns Committee of the United Methodist Church and a virtual member of the Disability Concerns subcommittee of the UMC Michigan conference.