UCCDM Publications

UCCDM Guide for becoming A2A – PRINTABLE PDF!

“Any Body, Every Body Christ’s Body” A Guide for Congregations, Associations, and Conferences for Becoming A2A Book 2016  PDF by UCCDM

UCCDM Process Guide for A2A- PRINTABLE PDF!

A2A Process Booklet 2016 PDF by UCCDM also available in print, contact UCCDM for availability.

UCCDM Disability Etiquette Trifold- PRINTABLE PDF!

A2A Disability Etiquette Guide 2015  PDF by UCCDM also available in print, contact UCCDM for availability.

Widening the Welcome Conferences

Workshops and Presentations from Widening the Welcome 2013: Long Beach

Workshops and Presentations from Widening the Welcome 2015: Hartford

Other Resources

World Council of Churches statement on disabilities 2016 “The Gift of Being”

UCCDM Bookshelf–Selected Books


Spirit And The Politics Of Disablement by Sharon V.Betcher

Spirit and the Politics of DisablementIn this remarkable and incisive work, Sharon Betcher analyzes our world and God’s embodied presence in the light of her own disability and the insight it affords. She claims disablement as a site of powerful social and religious critique and reflection. With searing honesty, she reveals how our culture, only recently tolerant and supportive of disabled people, still fears them. The presence of disabled persons stands as a rebuke to our images of body and health, to the distorted values of our consumerist culture, and the globalized economy that embodies those values in unjust structures.Yet, Betcher claims, disablement has also revealed powerful alternative understandings of the body and body politic, in Scripture, in the actions of Jesus, in the healing work of the Spirit at work in the world. Brimming with insight, Betcher’s work is a revelation and a bracing challenge to all Christians.

Copious Hosting: A Theology Of Access For People With Disabilities

Copious Hosting: A Theology of Access for People with Disabilities It is estimated that there are 43 million Americans with one or more physical or mental disabilities. Over the past several decades, the disability movement has grown in strength and sophistication, attaining maturity with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This landmark civil rights legislation ushered in a new era for people with disabilities.Many religious people, however well meaning, are unfamiliar with the language and philosophy of the disability movement. They unintentionally give offense by language and actions that reflect a by-gone era. This book aims to do two things: to acquaint church and synagogue leaders with the history and philosophy of the disability movement and to provide resources from scripture and theology for thinking and preaching about disability in a new way.

God of the Oppressed by James Cone

God of the OppressedIn his reflections on God, Jesus, suffering, and liberation, James H. Cone relates the gospel message to the experience of the black community. But a wider theme of the book is the role that social and historical context plays in framing the questions we address to God as well as the mode of the answers provided.


The Disabled God: Toward A Liberatory Theology Of Disability by Nancy L. Eisland

The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of DisabilityDraws on themes of the disability-rights movement to identify people with disabilities as members of a socially disadvantaged minority group rather than as individuals who need to adjust. Highlights the hidden history of people with disabilities in church and society. Proclaiming the emancipatory presence of the disabled God, the author maintains the vital importance of the relationship between
Christology and social change. Eiesland contends that in the Eucharist, Christians encounter the disabled God and may participate in new imaginations of wholeness and new embodiments of justice.
The author, who is disabled, argues that the “hidden history” of nonconventional bodies living ordinary lives with grace and dignity, disgust and disillusion, can make both a theological and pastoral contribution. She affirms that bodies in trouble, that lumber and plod their way through life, are in full continuity with humans’ ordinary lives, filled with blessings and curses.

Disability in the Hebrew Bible: Interpreting Mental and Physical Disabilities by Saul M. Olyan

Disability in the Hebrew Bible: Interpreting Mental and Physical DifferencesMental and physical disability, ubiquitous in texts of the Hebrew Bible, receive their first thoroughgoing treatment in this monograph. Olyan seeks to reconstruct the Hebrew Bible’s particular ideas of what is disabling and their potential social ramifications. Biblical representations of disability and biblical classification schemas – both explicit and implicit – are compared to those of the Hebrew Bible’s larger ancient West Asian cultural context, and to those of the later Jewish biblical interpreters who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. This study will help the reader gain a deeper and more subtle understanding of the ways in which biblical writers constructed hierarchically significant difference and privileged certain groups (e.g., persons with “whole” bodies) over others (e.g., persons with physical “defects”). It also explores how ancient interpreters of the Hebrew Bible such as the Qumran sectarians reproduced and reconfigured earlier biblical notions of disability and earlier classification models for their own contexts and ends.

Critical Reflections On Stanley Hauerwas’ Theology of Disabiligy: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology, by John Swinton

Critical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas' Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling TheologyCritical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas’ Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology examines the influential writings of one of the most important contemporary theologians. Over the past thirty years, Time magazine Theologian of the Year (2001) Dr. Stanley Hauerwas has consistently presented a theological position which values the deep theological significance of people with developmental disabilities, as well as their importance to the life and the faithfulness of the church. Ten key Hauerwas essays on disability are brought together in a single volume—essays which reflect and illustrate his thinking on the theology of disability, along with responses to each essay from multidisciplinary authoritative sources including Jean Vanier, Michael Bérubé, John O’Brien and Ray S. Anderson.

Dr. Hauerwas has always been a fearless voice in the field of theology. Critical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas’ Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology presents his work on the true meaning of disability and provides critical multidisciplinary discussions about his challenging ideas and their validity. In his essays, Hauerwas discusses his views on issues such as the social construction of developmental disabilities, the experience of profound developmental disabilities in relation to liberal society, and the community as the “hermeneutic of the gospel.” Included is a new essay by Dr. Hauerwas responding to the contributors to the book.

Critical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas’ Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology explores Hauerwas’ thoughts on:

  • the political nature of disability in liberal society
  • the creation of a society where there is more love
  • the dimensions of what is “normal”
  • the key role of those treated as outsiders in building community
  • the theological understanding of parenting which places responsibility for the individual child firmly within the Christian community
  • using the model of the church as a social ethic
  • developmental disability being equated with suffering
  • the concept of the person in the theology of disability
  • the developmentally disabled and the criteria for “humanhood”
  • the importance of family in the process of caring for people with developmental disabilities

Critical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas’ Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology is a fascinating exploration of contemporary theological reflection on disability and is essential reading for students and teachers of practical theology, pastoral counselors, clergy, chaplains, and social and health care students.

Inclusion Studies

Including People With Disabilities In Faith Communities by Erik W. Carter

Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations
A congregational community is an ideal place to share and strengthen faith, form lasting relationships, and develop special gifts and talents. Too often, though, people with developmental and other disabilities lack the opportunities and supports to fully participate in the life of their faith community. ThatGÇÖs why families and service providers need to read this groundbreaking guidebook—and share a copy with congregations that want to become places of welcome and belonging for people with disabilities.
Bringing his practical ideas to life with anecdotes, quotes, and examples of successful strategies, Erik Carter helps readers

  • reflect on how welcoming their congregation is—and could be—for people with disabilities and their families
  • articulate and pursue a bold vision of inclusion throughout their congregation, community, city, or state
  • take steps to break down attitudinal, architectural, programmatic, and other barriers to inclusion
  • design appropriate, inclusive religious education programs for children, youth, and adults
  • learn how service providers can actively support the spiritual preferences, strengths, and needs of people with disabilities

To make inclusion work in any faith community, this how-to book gives readers workable strategies and photocopiable forms for identifying GÇ£indicators of welcome,GÇ¥ encouraging community outreach, and gathering important information about the support needs of people with disabilities and their families.