I’m often asked for resources to help church communities that want to live out disability access, justice and hospitality, but don’t know where to start. Others ask where to start reading disabiity theology – you’ll find both on this page.

Resources – Access and Justice

The UK disabled Christian movement has some experienced disabled leaders, consultants and thinkers, sharing their expertise with churches on how to open the gates to disabled people.

Disabled-Led Christian Groups

Disabled Ministers, Theologians & Leaders

(Not an exhaustive list, of course!)

  • Fiona MacMillan, Chair of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Disability Advisory Group and Living Edge disability conference planning group; Trustee of Inclusive Church; #AccessibleSynod; training.
  • Tanya Marlow, theologian, author and speaker who writes and campaigns on chronic illness and churches.
  • Ann Memmott, autistic autism professional advising churches and society on justice and access for autistic people.
  • Tim Goode, Canon for Congregational Discipleship and Nurture at York Minster.
  • Jemma Brown, church accessibility consultant.
  • Pam Webster, Methodist minister retired through chronic illness.
  • Krysia Waldock, autistic researcher currently undertaking a PhD on autism, (non)belief and belonging.
  • Kay Morgan Gurr, consultant and trainer advising churches on how to include children with additional needs.

Books (& More) You Should Read

To understand what keeps disabled people from finding justice in churches, start by reading disabled writers. Here’s a selection of disability theology written by disabled and neurodivergent people (and one or two great allies).

Books

Widely accessible:
Amy Kenny, My Body Is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church
Lamar Hardwick, Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion
Julia Watts Belser, Loving Our Own Bones: Rethinking Disability in an Ableist World
Inclusive Church, Disability: The Inclusive Church Resource (all contributions are by disabled people, with a theology chapter by John M. Hull)
Daniel Bowman Jr, On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, and the Gifts of Neurodiversity
Tanya Marlow, Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay
Stephanie Tait, The View from Rock Bottom: Discovering God’s Embrace in our Pain

More academic in tone (but still fantastic):
Nancy Eiesland, The Disabled God: Towards a Liberatory Theology of Disability
Hannah Lewis, Deaf Liberation Theology
John M. Hull, In the Beginning There Was Darkness: A Blind Person’s Conversations with the Bible & The Tactile Heart
Kathy Black, A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability
Sharon V. Betcher, Spirit and the Politics of Disablement
Erin Raffety, From Inclusion to Justice: Disability, Ministry & Congregational Leadership

Articles

Shannon Dingle, The Full Affirmation of Disability Justice (Sojourners)
Fiona MacMillan and Samuel Wells, Calling from the Edge (The Plough)
Emma Major and Laura Neale, Worshipping Together Safely (YouBelong)
Erin Raffety, Listening Even Unto Rebuke (Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability)

Videos

Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up – a ground-breaking disabled-led series devised by Fiona MacMillan, with guest speakers from across the UK disabled Christian movement, reflecting on disability, ableism and churches. Hosted by HeartEdge.

Drop me a line if you know of other resources I can share here. I prioritise work by disabled people ourselves, but I’ll sometimes share other useful resources.