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)
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 Wilkin serves as a Local Pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business of Science in Administration/ Management, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Critical Communications. Harriet graduated in 2015 with her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology.
Harriet has been in ministry in faith communities for nearly 20 years, which includes being involved with children, youth, young adults, adults and those with disabilities. She has also been a caregiver for both her mom and her husband. As a pastor, she offers caregiver support to the community she serves.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries