Conversations at the intersection of faith and disability
Mother God with Teresa Kim Pecinovsky
Stephanie and Robyn are joined by the Rev'd Teresa Kim Pecinovsky to discuss her gorgeous children's book Mother God . They discuss the importance of good theology and diverse representation in the church and in children's literature.
Born in South Korea and raised in Iowa, Teresa had a brief stint as an ESL teacher in Japan, then landed in Houston, teaching early elementary and earning a Master of Education from the University of Houston. As a Vanderbilt Divinity School and Disciples Divinity House seminarian in Nashville, one of her most unexpected moments was reading Schleiermacher at 5 a.m. while pumping milk for her 4-week-old infant (don’t ask her what she remembers about Schleiermacher now.)
For the past three years Rev. Teresa has accompanied patients, families, and healthcare colleagues through hospice chaplaincy. Mother God is her debut picture book published by Beaming Books. Teresa is also excited to be a contributing writer for the upcoming Shine Story Bible through MennoMedia and Brethren Press. She and her spouse have two adorable and exhausting young children.
Teresa's Website (scroll down for the link to the Scripture Guide)
Teresa is @tkpcreates on Instagram and Twitter
Images of a Disabled God
In this part of Robyn and Stephanie's conversation with the Rev Ian Lasch they talk about the impact of disability theology on Ian's diagnosis process, the implications of diagnosis and diagnostic criteria, and the Bible.
University professor appointed as Chaplain to The Queen
The Prayer Book and the Imago Dei
Robyn, Stephanie, and Ian talk about what the language in our prayer books says about God and people, identity, and autism .
The Rev. Ian Lasch is an autistic priest in the Episcopal Church who takes great joy in living out the priestly vocation to serve as “pastor, priest, and teacher.” His primary areas of interest in ministry include Christian formation and discipleship, virtue ethics, disability theology, and the liturgy or worship of the Church. He is married to Loren, also an Episcopal priest, and father to two young boys.
More than Memory (Spanish) Ian's Earth & Altar article
Prayer C from Book of Common Prayer '79
Book of Alternative Services (Prayer 4 begins on page 201 of linked pdf)
Questions and Answers
Robyn and Stephanie answer some of the questions they've heard from listeners. If we didn't cover a question you have, or you want to hear more about something we talked about, use the contact form or email on our website to send it to us.
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Understanding Disability as a Cluster of Models
Who is disabled? Where does Chronic Illness fit?
Why is Disability left out of so many DEI convos?
Twitter thread by Gabrielle Peters on why inclusion isn’t enough
Disability Inclusion: missing in the diversity dialogue
Disability and DEI: overlooking a group that is everywhere
How does CI/Disability fit in with a good creation?
2012 talk at Summer Institute on Faith and Disability
Pretty good notes on that talk
More than Skin Deep: The Image of God in People with Disabilities
Warrior language: what is it to talk about fighting our bodies?
The Trouble with Medicine’s Metaphors
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE: 'BATTLING' CANCER METAPHORS CAN MAKE TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS WORSE
Why Doctors should stop speaking the language of war
How do you find conversation partners/start conversations about faith and disability?
Kris and ME/CFS
Robyn and Stephanie are joined by Kris and talk about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS, sometimes CFS/ME). Kris shares her journey from athlete to diagnosis and we talk about Church responses to chronic illness, Long Covid, and theology.
Kris Rudin is a former software engineer and avid bicycle racer whose life changed completely at age 47 when she developed a “mystery illness”. Thirteen years after becoming ill, she was diagnosed with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). Despite being treated by experts in the field, her condition continued to deteriorate, and she is now mostly confined to her bed. She lives with her husband of 30 years, who is her primary caregiver. She loves books, opera, Star Trek, and all things sci-fi/fantasy. Her animal alter ego used to be Tigger, but now it’s a sloth!
Bishop Steven Charleston
Christianity without the Insanity (Facebook Group)
(no link) Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian
#MEAction's 'What is ME?" page
Understanding ME/CFS and Long COVID as Post-Viral Conditions
TAA Bible Study Announcment
Join us for 5 weeks of a disability informed Bible Study.
We’ll look at passages that we consider important in thinking about faith and disability including Leviticus, healing miracles, resurrection stories, and Paul’s writing.
Tuesdays, 7pm ET/4pm PT
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
(Zoom captions are available)
Group size is limited
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