10 comments on “Theology in Practice: A Tale of Three Masses – 1*

  1. Sally: In terms of “I have come to bring sight to the blind”, you mean? I absolutely think a social model approach to disability, where society takes responsibility for the barriers it creates, can be one interpretation of that. I’m looking forward to the Biblical studies aspect of my PhD (when I finally start it!) – I’m keen to explore more about the ways in which Biblical interpretation has been used both to oppress and empower disabled people.

  2. Heather: I do intend to write a bit about ‘why this subject’ at some point, but I’m nervous to. As you know, my field is sociology, not theology. I’m new to the theology game, and my terminology, theoretical basis etc aren’t strong. I will attempt a separate post on ‘uncovering the roof’ soon, but I hope that everything I write here will soon start to contribute to a wider picture of what’s going on in the church, with ideas about why that matters. But thanks for the reminder. Keep bugging me till I write it!

    And I have a four-and-a-half-foot-tall walking frame that you do NOT want to get rolled over your feet while I’m leaning on it 😛

  3. Can’t wait for St B and St C’s!

    Another question, though: why should the church be accessible to all? Shouldn’t disabled people just worship at home out the way of the rest?

    *removes hat of devil’s advocacy before getting clouted by mobility aid*

    OK, I’m obviously being facetious and but I’d love to read you blogging some more about why you feel so passionately about this, and hence the empirical basis for your standpoint. Or whatever the terminology is…

  4. Thank you for this, as a minister with several chapels in my charge it has made me think about access. one of my chapels is OK one good the other currently terrible!

    I’ll look forward to reading the other reviews.

    • Thanks, Sally! Always glad to hear about ministers who are thinking about access. The best advice I can give is to consult with disabled church members, visitors and local people before doing anything, then getting some training for staff involved with the church in question. Glad to hear the post was helpful. More to follow!

  5. Interesting experience. I think you’re right about more training for people to help them know what to do in different circumstances. Perhaps you could offer them some! It sounds like the physical building needs some adaption as well, surely it should have had this in line with various regulations?

    • Frank: I only wish legislation actually had any effect. The DDA is largely unenforceable. It’s a common belief that everywhere must be accessible nowadays because the law says so, but in reality a large proportion of places, from businesses to public services, are not. There are no funds available for churches to make adaptations, so they mostly don’t. It’s far more impressive that this church has ramps than you’d think.

      Thanks for comments! I can’t always blog with any regularity as my energy levels vary, but I’m keen to try and keep up with it.

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