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Disability Ministry: Articles, surveys and short books

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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 – www.grovebooks.co.uk


Healing and prayer ministry

  • Frances Mackenney-Jeffs – Embraced and included – disability and healing. Grove Books – www.grovebooks.co.uk


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 www.acaedemia.edu)
  • 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 ramps. Understanding  and implementing accessibility. River Publishing
  • Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Emily Richardson. At the gates: disability, justice and the churches. Darton, Longman and Todd 2022


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