Sunday, September 13, 2015
White Rock United Methodist Church is hosting a Symposium on Disability & the Church on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Panel Discussion Moderator is Dr. Brad Klein, Assistant Director of Embry Human Rights Program at SMU.
Admission to the symposium is free. Dinner is $12 per person. Please RSVP for dinner to [email protected]
3:00 p.m. - TED
4:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion
6:00 p.m. - Dinner & Conversation
Topics and Speakers:
American Sign Language as a Means of Grace
Rev. Dr. Tom Hudspeth
, Executive Pastor and Pastor of the Deaf
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
, Dallas, TX
A visual and kinesthetic language, ASL has a place in the ministry of our Church, giving incarnate expression for spiritual concepts, as well as engage our Deaf neighbor. This talk will introduce biblical and theological foundations for a ministry with the great, unchurched Deaf community
On a Cross of Suffering
Brian Spann, current student at Dallas Baptist University
and member of
Children’s Policy Council of Texas
The Scriptures discuss brokenness and suffering in many different ways, but Christ himself has summoned his followers to embrace his grace and join him on a cross of suffering. We will discuss the idea of the “Irresistible Grace” of Christ Jesus and how through suffering and disability the glory of God is displayed in joining Jesus on Calvary road and embracing suffering for his glory. It is through Jesus that hope, grace and joy can overflow in the midst of suffering and blossom into a celebration of suffering.
Imagining People with Disabilities in the Hebrew Bible
Dr. Jeremy Schipper
, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible Studies,
, Philadelphia, PA
What images come to mind when we encounter characters with disabilities in the Hebrew Bible? The Bible does not provide detailed physical descriptions of its characters with disabilities nor does it describe in detail their places in society. Yet, the few details that it does provide about their everyday lives surprise and challenge some common stereotypes that we often bring to our study of the Bible.
Black Is Beautiful: A Womanist Perspective on Disability & Body Image
Allyssa Green, Teacher in Clayton County, GA, school system
Member of DisAbility Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church
This talk will explore the dynamics of faith and blackness and its intersection with disability. The talk will draw heavily on the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and its influence on the ADA & the broader civil rights movement.
Exploring The Julian Way
Rev. Justin Hancock
, Incarnational Ministries, Missional Wisdom Foundation
House steward of Cochrane House
intentional living community
We will examine ways in which intentional Christian community can address the way embodiment is perceived and discussed within the Christian faith while creating new pathways for advocacy and empowerment so that all God’s people can experience fullness within the kingdom of God.
For more information, contact White Rock United Methodist Church at 214-324-3661.