We believe we must oppose marginalization by embracing marginality.
When it is in our power to apply universal design or to make reasonable accommodations and we fail to do so, we are committing disability discrimination. And James wrote, “If you know the good you ought to do and don’t do it, you sin” (James 4:17).
Who has the right to say who I am? Do other people have the right to tell me who I am, or should I tell who I am to others?
We call ourselves the “body of Christ.” But he used his body to touch lepers who should have made him unclean, be touched by prostituted women, knowing the scandal it provoked…
While friendships and burdens remain, dreams do sometimes die. Yet they’re sometimes reborn. Entire chapters of life seem to end in a sudden aposiopesis… only to be reconfigured in a new place with new characters.
This wave of refugees is not a problem that God has given us to solve. It is an opportunity to share the good news in the context of relationship, welcome, witness.
These barriers of attitude and economy, of structure and power – which “we the normal” have constructed, cementing them with “normalization” of ourselves and our own horizons of ability – not only push people with disabilities to the margin… they serve to keep them there – to keep them away.
We’ve been taking on a couple of prevalent ideas about disability: first, that it’s a problem that involves certain individuals’ brains and/or bodies and secondly, that “we’re all disabled” in one form or another. Yes, everyone is different. And no one is able to be or do everything they might like to be or do….