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 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. Students 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.
Students are required to have the following book for this class; a list of additional resources will be provided.
- A Gentle Touch, by David A. Pailin
- The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability, by Nancy L. Eiesland
- Vulnerable Communion: Theology of Disability and Hospitality, by Thomas E. Reynolds
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Dorothy Kropf earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology. She has a Master’s degree in Human Services/Counseling with a concentration in Executive Leadership. She is currently the Director of Online Undergraduate Program for Life Pacific University and has been teaching and designing courses since 2007. Dorothy and her husband, Rene, live in Murrieta, California. They attend the Murrieta United Methodist Church. They have two grown sons and enjoy biking and watching British detective shows.