Seminar on theology and disability
Ukrainian Catholic University and Université Catholique de Lille invites you to join to a seminar series to be organized this fall 2022
« Disability theology is the attempt by disabled and non-disabled Christians to understand and interpret the gospel of Jesus Christ, God, and humanity against the backdrop of the historical and contemporary experiences of people with disabilities. It has come to refer to a variety of perspectives and methods designed to give voice to the rich and diverse theological meanings of the human experience of disability . » In this research seminar nine renowned lecturers from several theological disciplines will give a comprehensive insight in how disability theology can help make sense of a decisively shaken world. « Disability theology » is a recent field in theological enquiry that changes – at times quite radically – the way (Christian) theologians perceive God and the way believers experience faith. But can it also bring about societal change in a war-struck country ? Can it be like leaven in the construction of God’s Kingdom (Lk 13, 21) ? Theology definitely has a role to play in constructing paradigms, identifying processes of accommodation, justifying conflicts, promoting change, and driving understanding – what role might ‘disability theologies’ have in this ? In this seminar, students are invited to formulate responses fueled by the insights of disability theologies.
 John Swinton, « Disability theology » in Ian Mcfarland, David Fergusson, Karen Kilby, et al. (éd.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
 Talitha Cooreman-guittin, Armand Léon Van Ommen, « Disability theology : a driving force for change ? », International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church (2022/0), Routledge, p. 1‑4.
The seminar will be entirely on-line. Each session consists of :
50 minutes lecture
20 minutes debat in full groupe
30 minutes exchanges in break-out rooms