National Collaborative on Disability, Religion, and Inclusive Spiritual Supports


Summer Institute on Theology & Disability


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. Entering its sixth year, the Summer Institute crates a significant space for thought-and-practice leadership in this rapidly growing arena of theology and disability.

Presented by Bethesda, and hosted by the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, the 2015 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability (SITD), begins Tuesday morning, May 26, and concludes Friday evening, May 29. Most full-session participants will arrive in Atlanta on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day), and depart on Saturday, May 30.

The SITD brings together academics, theologians and others to explore the inclusive intersections of faith and disabilities. Summer Institute faculty planning to attend in Atlanta includes: Rev. Bill Gaventa (director), Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, Prof. Erik Carter, Prof. Hans Reinders, Prof. Darla Schumm and Prof. John Swinton.

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About the Collaborative on Faith and Disability

For many people with disabilities and their families, faith communities can be a powerful source of natural community support and connection, as well as a doorway to other important outcomes in the areas of relationships, work, community living, recreation, and service. The Center for Leadership in Disability is one of 12 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) that will serve as collaborating partners on a new initiative, the National Collaborative on Disability, Religion, and Inclusive Spiritual Supports. Those members are Tennessee (Vanderbilt), Kentucky, Minnesota, Virginia, Georgia State, New Jersey, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Maine and Oregon.

Collaborative activities include developing and providing coordinated training, technical assistance, research, and product development in the area of inclusive spiritual supports to people with disabilities and their families, local seminaries and divinity schools, university programs, clergy, congregations, and service providers.


People with disabilities and their families will have compelling opportunities and supports to develop and express their spirituality, engage in congregational life, and share their gifts and talents in ways that are personally valued and that strengthen communities.


The mission of the Consortium will be to support people with disabilities, their families, and those who support them in by providing national and international leadership in the areas of research, education, service, and dissemination related to disability, religion, and inclusive supports.

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