The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability (SITD) brings together academics, theologians, practitioners and others—people with and without labeled disabilities—to explore the inclusive intersections of theology and disabilities. The Summer Institute was founded in 2010 in Pennsylvania through a project funded by the Pennsylvania Council on Developmental Disabilities, led by Bill Gaventa and a group of core faculty including Hans Reinders, John Swinton, Tom Reynolds, Amos Yong, Erik Carter and Jeremy Schipper. The Bethesda Institute is now the primary and organizing sponsor of this international and, increasingly, interfaith annual event. Entering its sixth year, the Summer Institute creates a significant space for thought-and-practice leadership in this rapidly growing arena of theology and disability.
Featured 2014 Presentation
"If I recognize that I am a perfect reflection of the creator of the universe then it’s perfectly okay for me to believe that God is quadriplegic … and each and every one of us has the opportunity to be one of God’s personal assistants.”
--Judith Snow, "It's About Grace!"
Plenary Speaker, 2014 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
Some 200 full- and part-time participants enjoyed the 2014 Summer Institute, June 16-20, Dallas. Hosted by the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Bethesda Institute also collaborated with the Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas, sponsor of the June 19-20 closing event. In addition to morning plenary sessions and afternoon workshops, the 2014 event introduced three four-day courses and a seminar for Ph.D. students.
2014 Day-by-Day Schedule
2014 Video Presentations
2014 Recorded Speakers
2014 Workshops and Courses
Treasure a Click Away
This site is the repository for the video recordings of plenary sessions from all past Institutes. Click here to explore this amazing resource with presentations from a wide variety of theological disciplines.
The 2015 and 2016 Summer Institutes on Theology and Disability will likely be held at the end of the May. In 2015, the Bethesda Institute with collaborate with the Center for Leadership at Georgia State University in Atlanta. In 2016, the Bethesda Institute will collaborate with Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Watch this page for finalized dates.
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