I write regularly about disability and churches, and other disability issues. Here are some of my recent publications and events, with links to videos and writing where available. You can find more of my academic writing on my academia.edu page.
(Still) Calling from the Edge: Conference Review 2021 (text)
A review of this year’s disability and church conference, a partnership between St Martin-in-the-Fields Church and Inclusive Church. I regularly present research at this annual disabled-led conference on disability and churches, which celebrated its tenth year in 2021.
Disability and Power in the Church of England (video), Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies, November 2021
Panel discussion with Kt Tupling, for the ‘Power in the Church of England’ webinar series.
Disability and Sexuality: Queer Encounters with Diverse Bodies and Minds (PDF)
Talk for Open Table London, September 2021
Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: Ableism, Faith and Church (video), HeartEdge, May 2021
For a third series of Fiona MacMillan’s discussions on disability and church, I joined autistic advocate Ann Memmott to discuss ableism in church and society.
Tizard Centre Autism Online Journal Club: A discussion on autistic people in churches, theology of autism and including autistic people in communities (video), Tizard Centre, April 2021
Panel discussion of Krysia Waldock‘s paper ‘Attitudes toward Autism Amongst Church Going Christians’, with Krysia Waldock and Damian Milton. Written summary by Krysia Waldock for the Participatory Autism Research Collective.
Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: Disability, Church and Coronavirus (video), September 2020
Panel discussion with neurodivergent priest Rachel Noel on access and participation in a post-coronavirus church. In this groundbreaking video series, Fiona MacMillan brings together theologians, activists and researchers from the disabled Christian movement to shape disabled-led theology and commentary.
Disabled People are Worthy of Love (text), Lacuna, June 2020.
Written in response to an advice columnist’s recommendation to a non-disabled person to leave their partner with a chronic illness. “Life is about risk, and this is one of the risks you take when you begin a relationship with any human being.”
Disabled People Say Welcome to Our World (text), Church Times, May 2020
As churches have moved online during the pandemic, they have opened up the virtual church doors for some disabled people, after years of exclusion. Here I write about what churches can learn about how to better include disabled people from their lockdown move online. I’ve also written a simple language version of this article.
The Upside-Down Kingdom of God: Stories of Disabled and Neurodivergent People in Churches.
A downloadable booklet in plain English, sharing the findings of my research on disability, churches and Christianity. Thanks to Krysia Waldock for reviewing the booklet for the Inclusive Church blog.
PhD Thesis: The Upside-Down Kingdom of God: A Disability Studies Perspective on Disabled People’s Experiences in Churches and Theologies of Disability, SOAS, University of London, 2019.
My thesis, on disabled people’s experiences in churches, can be downloaded from the SOAS research website.
‘The Cult of Health and Wholeness: Normalcy and the Charismatic Christian Healing Movement.’ Book chapter in Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: Precarious Positions, University of Chester Press, 2016.
Reflections, Torch Trust, Premier Christian Radio, 10 June 2016. Interview about my research with Marilyn Baker, for Premier Christian Radio’s show on disability and faith.
Questions of Faith: Faith and Disability, Share Radio, 26 June 2016. Interview with Mark Shoffman, with Rev Bill Braviner and other disability theologians, on the barriers faced by many disabled people in faith communities.
Passing for Normal: The Austerity Politics of Visibility and Invisibility for Disabled People. Paper presented at the ‘Disrupting Visibility: The Politics of Passing’ conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, June 2015.
“Many disabled people desperately need the safety that is found in [the] invisibility that allows for passing.”
‘Imagine: Outside.’ The Still Point (1), 2015. Creative reflections on doing disability research as a disabled researcher. Performed at the Still Point journal launch. “I wonder if we have become too accustomed to waiting.”