Purpose of course and learning objectives
The intent of this course is to build awareness in the church regarding issues around disability, to call the church to provide full accessibility to services and opportunities, and to promote advocacy for justice for people with disabilities.
- Identify collective and individual attitudes about disability that divide the body of Christ and to consider attitudes that bind us together.
- Recognize the role that environmental modifications, technology, and task adaptations play in enabling many persons with disabilities to live full, satisfying lives.
- Grow in understanding that disability ministry means an attitude of integration in which there is no place for “us” and “them,” and all persons are welcomed and assimilated as members of the body of Christ.
- Be prepared to advocate in one’s local church and community to improve accessibility and integration.
This course draws primarily on The Church and People with Disabilities: Awareness, Accessibility, and Advocacy by Bishop Peggy A Johnson. (If you don’t yet have the text, click here.) In addition, links to online resources are included on most days to provide additional information and perspectives.
Throughout the course, we will be watching segments from A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities, helping us to hear the witness of individuals with disabilities and their experiences in the church. Diva Communications produced this ecumenical effort and has granted viewing rights in conjunction with this study. If you want to see the whole video (about an hour in length), copies are available from the Conference Media Center.
Course leader: Rev. Janet Baucom
Before we plunge into the text and learning modules we will spend time helping you become familiar with how our Moodle® Online Learning platform works. These pre-course activities are available so you can create your online profile and introduce yourself to the rest of your course participants. Just click on the box below (Introductions) and read through the material there. Feel free to go ahead and complete those introductory assignments. The regular course activities will not be available until Monday, September 25, and you will have through Saturday October 7 to complete the 10 modules of learning. If you have any difficulties with any aspect of the class, please feel free to contact me (Janet).