Ep 25: Disabilities in the Church w/ Dr. Louise Gosbell

On episode twenty-five, I'm talking with Dr. Louise Gosbell, an Australian biblical scholar who specializes in the subject of disabilities. Dr. Gosbell has written numerous articles and projects on how churches can engage with (and include) people with disabilities. We discussed the following:

  • What is a disability?
  • Why does this matter for the Church?
  • What Biblical texts are primarily formative in developing a theology of disability?
  • How do we engage other scholarship on the subject?
  • What about the subject of healing?
  • What does it look like for churches to become more inclusive?

About Louise:
Dr. Louise Gosbell is the Dean of Students and Lecturer in New Testament at Mary Andrews College in Sydney, Australia. Louise’s PhD, which looked at disability in the gospels, was completed at Macquarie University in 2015 and was published in 2017. Louise has a keen interest in the issue of disability and has been involved in various aspects of ministry and academic writing in this area for over 20 years. She has also been in the role of Sydney co-ordinator for CBM’s Luke 14 program training churches in disability inclusion for 10 years. Louise has recently completed writing a disability handbook for the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican church which will be launch in April this year which aims to help churches to become more inclusive of people with disabilities and their families. Louise is married to Mark who is a Principal at a special school and they have 3 teenage daughters. Louise is an avid reader in any form – ebooks, audiobooks and real books! Louise is also a slightly fanatical U2 fan and has seen them in concert 24 times.

Recommended Resources:
"Disability and the Way of Jesus: Holistic Healing in the Gospels and the Church Paperback," by Bethany McKinney Fox (https://amzn.to/3dUrpk6)
"Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families and Congregations," by Erik Carter (https://amzn.to/3xp3rVS)
"The Bible, Disability and the Church: A New Vision for the People of God," by Amos Yong (https://amzn.to/3gN6xgm)
"Disability and the Church: A Vision for Disability and Inclusion," by Lamar Hardwick (https://amzn.to/2S0Youx)

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