Interdisciplinary Seminar Series

Spirituality & Disability Symposium

Mulltidisciplinary international online conference hosted by the Fordham Research Consortium on Disability and Graduate School of Education

Friday, April 8, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Panel #1: Neurodiversity and Spirituality

Was Yosef on The Spectrum? Neurodiversity in the Torah and Today

Historical and Theological Reflections on Autism and Neurodiversity

Uniquely Spiritual: Neurodiversity and Spiritual Formation


Panel #2: Ministry and Disability

Moderator: Samuel J. Levine, LL.M, J.D.

Theology in the Field: When Community Based Staff Encounter Misguided Theology 

Intellectual Disability and Ordination: Theologies and Practices of Injustice

Vision and Mission of the Office for Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities


Saturday, April 9, 2022 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Panel #3: Access and Inclusion within Christian Contexts

Fostering Access and Inclusion within Theological and Religious Education through a Universal Design for Learning Framework

Blackness, Disability, and Neo-Pentecostal Discourse

What Is Christian Ableism?


Panel #4: Spirituality, Vision Loss, and Chronic Illness

Sickness, Stigma and Spiritual Awakening: A Seven-Stage Model of Spiritual Awakening for Women with Prolonged Contested/Invisible Illnesses

Chronic Illness as a Path to Personal and Collective Growth: Re-seeing Illness through the Lens of Integral Theory

The Role of Spirituality and Coping with Vision Loss: Integrating Spirituality within the Context of Care

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