The Diocesan 2030 Vision is for ‘Every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Christ.’  This includes not only the vast variety of backgrounds, life-styles, and economic circumstances that London contains, but also the infinite range of embodiment and sensory and cognitive shape that is all around us, some of which is labelled by our society as ‘disability’.


More than 1 in 5 people have a physical, sensory, or mental shape that means that they are labelled as ‘disabled.’  However, as the Church in London, we want to be a place where no one is disabled but all people are regarded as ‘able’ and are able to use their abilities to contribute to the shape and nature of the Church.
As a Church we recognise that we have not always been as inclusive and welcoming as we should be. We acknowledge that disabled people have often faced barriers to belonging and participation that have devalued them and their gifts.  But, within our 2030 Vision, the Diocese is making a new commitment to diversity and inclusion and seeking to be a church in which all people feel they can belong as unique and valued children of God.

Read the full Diocesan Disability statement

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Below you can find a range of downloadable resources to help you and your church think more about access, inclusion, belonging and participation for disabled people.


Shorter books and articles

To help you begin exploring the topic of disability, hospitality and belonging.




Disability and church

  • Calling from the edge – reflections from the 2017 ‘Disability and Church’ conference – St Martin-in-the-fields and Inclusive Church.
  • Something worth sharing – reflections from the 2018 ‘Disability and Church’ conference – St Martin-in-the-fields and Inclusive Church.
  • Being disabled, being human. Katie Tupling – Challenging Society’s Perception  of Disability and Personhood  Grove Books E 205


Mental Health

  • Jean Vanier and John Swinton et al. Mental Health – The Inclusive Church Resource, Darton, Longman and Todd


Neuro Divergent


Down’s Syndrome





  • Katie Tupling and Anna De Lange – Worship and disability – a kingdom for all. Grove Books –


Healing and prayer ministry

  • Frances Mackenney-Jeffs – Embraced and included – disability and healing. Grove Books –


Theology of Disability and Inclusion



Longer books

If you want a longer read, these are a selection of books with theological insight and practical guidance that will open areas of disability history, spirituality, theology and ethics.

  • Deborah Creamer. Disability and Christian theology – Embodied limits and constructive possibilities. Oxford University Press, 2010. (Also available free on
  • Lamar  Hardwick.  Disability  And The  Church – A Vision For  Diversity And Inclusion (InterVarsity Press)
  • Jenni Hogan. This is my body – A story of sickness and health. Canterbury Press 2017
  • Human disability and the service of God: reassessing religious practice. Ed. Eiesland and Saliers, Abingdon Press 1998.
  • Disability in the Christian Tradition. Ed. Brock and Swinton, William B. Eerdmans 2012.
  • Nancy Eiesland. The Disabled God – Towards a liberatory theology of disability. Abingdon Press 1994.
  • Roy McCloughry. The Enabled Life – Christianity in a disabling world. SPCK 2013
  • Frances Mackenney-Jeffs,  Reconceptualising  Disability for the  Contemporary church, (SCM Press)
  • Roy McCloughry and Wayne Morris,  Making a world of difference – Christian reflections on disability (SP#CK 2002)
  • Hans Reinders. Receiving the gift of friendship – Profound disability, theological anthropology, and ethics. William B. Eerdmans, 2008
  • Thomas Reynolds. Vulnerable Communion – A theology of disability and hospitality. Brazos Press 2008.
  • Jennie Weiss Block. Copious Hosting – A Theology of Access for People with Disabilities. Continuum 2002
  • Frances M. Young. Brokenness and blessing – towards a biblical spirituality. Darton, Longman and Todd 2007
  • Amos Yong. The Bible, Disability and the Church – A new vision of the people of God. William B. Eerdmans 2011.
  • Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier. Living gently in a violent world – the prophetic witness of weakness. Intervarsity Press
  • John Swinton. Becoming Friends of Time – Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship. SCM Press 2017
  • Naomi Graham. Love  Surpassing  Knowledge – More than rampsUnderstanding  and implementing accessibility. River Publishing
  • Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Emily Richardson. At the gates: disability, justice and the churches. Darton, Longman and Todd 2022
  • Wave for change – Being church with people with learning difficulties in London –
  • Mencap – the voice of learning disability –
  • Count Everyone In – support, training and encouragement for churches to include adults with learning disabilities –
  • The Additional Needs Alliance – helping churches to include, support, create places of belonging for, and spiritually grow children, young people and young adults with additional needs or disabilities.  Support, training  and information for families and churches to make inclusion a reality.
  • Urban Saints ‘Invited to belong’ – Training to make your youth and childrens ministry welcoming to young people with additional needs –
  • Growing Hope – Growing Hope set up clinics in partnership with local churches, offer training to facilitate support groups for parents and siblings of children with additional needs, and champion accessibility within churches through training and award programs.
  • ‘Books beyond words’ – Picture books for all ages and all abilities. To help people process experiences, feelings and emotions beyond the need to be able to read and process language.  The series includes an excellent book on ‘Going to Church.’ 
  • ADDitude. An online magazine for ADHD adults (US based)
  • AADD-UK. A website by and for ADHD adults. Research, resources, local support groups and a lively forum.
  • ADHD UK. ADHD-led resources and research, particularly strong on guidance re work, Access to Work and PIP applications
  • Memory Bridge – resources to encourage and equip the creation of meaningful relationships with people with dementia.
  • The Alzheimer’s Society – united against dementia.
  • Dementia Friendly Church – a UK project run by The Prama Foundation helping churches to know how to become dementia friendly.
  • Dyspraxic Adults. Forum for dyspraxic adults, resources, guides to support etc.
  • The Church of England mental health resources – Including 13 podcast reflections to support and improve mental health. Mental health resources | The Church of England
  • The Mental Health Foundation –
  • Rethink Mental Illness – advice, support  and information for those affected by mental illness.
  • Sanctuary Mental Health – offering a wealth of information and a small group course focussing on mental health and the church.
  • Kintsugi Hope – offering training and resourcing for churches to run ‘Kintsugi Hope’ groups that address mental health and wellbeing –
  • Tourettes Action. Organisation, research and resources, helpline etc. Mainly  children/families.
  • Tourettes Hero. Blog, resources, ideas from Jess Thom, artist, neurodiversity campaigner and advocate. ‘Changing the world one tic at a time’

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