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Centre for Spirituality, Disability, and Care

The mission of the Centre for Spirituality, Disability, and Care is to create radically welcoming communities, particularly faith communities, that embrace the full participation, expertise, and leadership of people with disabilities and caregivers.

Led by founding director Laura MacGregor, associate professional faculty at Luther, the centre seeks to foster lively and creative spaces for conversation, connections, collaboration, and community among:

  • scholars and researchers
  • professionals
  • community stakeholders
  • faith communities
  • self-advocates
  • caregivers
  • allies of people with disabilities

MacGregor also co-ordinates the continuing education Certificate in Disability, Inclusive Ministry and Christian Faith.

The centre values plural knowledge and expression, and grounds its work in the expertise and experiences of stakeholders from diverse communities.

Through regular remote and in-person gatherings, the centre supports dialogue exploring the intersection among spirituality, theology, disability and caregiving with an emphasis on how the lived experience informs theory and praxis.

Banner photo courtesy of Kathy Waybrant.

COURSE Christian Theologies of Disability; Tuesdays Sept. 27 – Nov. 15; Instructor: Rev. Miriam Spies, co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability. For details and to register click here.

VIDEO The centre was launched on Dec. 3, 2021, with the conversation Crip and Mad Spaces and Leadership in Canadian Churches. View the video

Note: Crip and Mad are the words the speakers have adopted for themselves. They chose them because they represent a subversion of the dominant way of talking about/thinking about all things related to mental health and disability.

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