|Next @ the Forum|
|3/10/2018, 2:00 PM||St Mary's|
|Guest Speaker||Erin Raffety, PhD|
|Theme for Day:||Dignifying Difference: From Inclusion to Discipleship|
|Bio:||An advocate for people with disabilities, Erin Raffety is a Lecturer in Youth, Church, and Culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She serves as the Associate Pastor for Outreach and Education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, NJ and earned her MDiv from Princeton Seminary and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. Her book, Families We Need is based on ethnographic research in China with foster families raising children with disabilities. Her current research and writing considers intersections of anthropology, disability studies, and ministry.|
|Notes:||From the speaker: So often approaches to ministry for people with disabilities focus on the importance of inclusion
without recognizing the gifts for ministry and promise of discipleship they already bring to those around them.
How do we grapple with the very real, practical, structural and systemic barriers to inclusion for people with
disabilities and move beyond the limits that approaches like inclusion place on people with disabilities’
opportunities to lead, contribute, and grow in the church? In this session, Rev. Dr. Raffety will speak from
her anthropological fieldwork, ministry, and personal experience with people with disabilities in order to
reflect on how God sees our differences, how we can learn to see differently, and in so doing,
how we can better experience and embrace not just the fullness of humanity but the fullness of God.|
Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow
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