The New Testament Gospels contain at least twenty narratives of healings by Jesus. How we interpret them will not only define the person of Jesus, it will have implications for people with disabilities who are perceived as needing healing.
Two speakers with theological training and extensive experience with people with disabilities argue strongly that we need to bring together the movement for people with disabilities seeking inclusion in communities of faith with the recent work of scholars about the historical Jesus. They propose an approach that will have
intellectual integrity and provide an inclusive dimension to faith communities.
John Smith is a recently retired Uniting Church minister who has had a varied ministry including welfare management for 27 years, chaplaincy and parish ministry. As a trained social worker John is best known for his pioneering work with children, especially those in need of care and protection including young offenders. He has also worked with adults who have intellectual disabilities. He is a founding member of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria and continues as a member of the Committee.
Andy Calder is a Uniting Church minister who has worked for the past 15 years in the area of disability inclusion. He has been chaplain at Prahran Mission and most recently was Senior Chaplain at Epworth Healthcare for six years. Prior to ministry he worked in a range of community settings, as well as both local and state government. His involvement with community groups includes being a Director on the Board of Wesley Mission Victoria and service on the Boards of Collingwood Community Health Centre and Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.
Sunday 27 November 2011. 3.00pm to 5.00pm
Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Rd. Glen Iris - near the corner with High St (Melway Map 60 A9)
Parking in church grounds and nearby streets.