Forgive me for being late to share this, but I had an article published recently in the Church Times, about the ministry of disabled Christians in lockdown. I talk in depth about my research, as I share stories from other disabled Christians about how their ministry has been affected by COVID-19 lockdown and the move to online church.
Disabled people are suddenly finding their experience of isolation and exclusion useful to the rest of the Church. The relevance of disabled people’s own online church groups is suddenly clearer than ever before. Disabled Christians’ in-person initiatives, too, have long been showing us how to “do church” differently…
The Church has an opportunity to listen to and learn from the ministry of disabled Christians — which many of my research participants longed to exercise. The question, now, is whether it will. If not, institutional churches may become increasingly irrelevant to those disabled Christians who have been establishing their own ministries to each other in new spaces on the edge of the Church.
If you sign up for a free account with the Church Times you should be able to see the article, but contact me by email if you have difficulty—I’ll get a copy to you.