Disability Theology and Healing in the Church of Today
With David Carr and Barb Isaman-Bushart
This workshop will explore the idea that there is nothing inherently disabling about an individual that lives in the world today where bodily, psychological, intellectual, and sensory diversity represent creation. Instead, we will see a theology where the alternate giftedness of all is celebrated. The concept of healing will be addressed from the perspective that healing and flourishing is something that the community does together and not something that happens to the person who is disabled.
Barb has served on the pastoral team at Community of the Savior in Rochester, NY since her ordination and conference appointment by the Free Methodist Church USA in May 2011. Barb has served the greater Rochester community as a professional social worker, disability rights activist, and educator in the community and human services.
David Carr, PhD, is a New Testament scholar who teaches and researches in biblical studies and related fields. His interests are in selfhood, identity, moral agency, and disability in the New Testament and its ancient milieu. He is also interested in how insights into these topics inform contemporary discourse and practice. He earned an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Candler School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.