Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes (IFD Certification in Ministry with People with Disabilities)
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This course will explore how the Bible provides us with examples of people with disabilities were viewed in the Old Testament and then we will take a look at how those with disabilities were welcomed in a community.
As you prepare for the course, please reflect on these questions:
- What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
- What is the blueprint that the Old Testament outlined for us regarding those with disabilities?
- What changed in the New Testament in the way those with disabilities were viewed? Were they welcomed or marginalized?
Since we are studying the Bible and disabilities, one of the required books for this course is the Bible. I listed several different ways below that you can use the Bible. Please use The Bible in the form that is best for you. I do welcome you to try another source for learning the Bible. (For instance, if you like reading from a book, try the audio version of the Bible). Those with learning disabilities learn differently. So, it is good to consider other ways of learning from the text. We will go into this more in the courses being provided in the certification of Ministry with People with Disabilities.
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- The Bible (please try to use a different format than you are used to: hard copy, online access or audio)
- The Bible, Disability and the Church, by Amos Yong
- Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible: Figuring Mephibosheth in the David Story (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies), by Jeremy Schipper
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Harriet has two bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Divinity degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Critical Communications. In 2015 Harriet completed her Master of Divinity degree at Claremont School of Theology (https://cst.edu/).
Harriet’s early days in ministry revolved around Christian program development for children, youth, and young adults. Her ministry work started as a volunteer in her local church, which then led to paid staff positions in churches. Since July of 2015, she has been appointed as a licensed local pastor.
Harriet continues to be an advocate for People with Disabilities, Caregivers, First Responders, Veterans, and their families.
Harriet currently offers a free resource called Creative Adventures Through the Bible. You can sign up for the resource at The Lighthouse Design Studio: https://thelighthouse-design-studio.mn.co/