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Disability and Church: Intersectionality

First broadcast Tuesday 24 May

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A Church Times/HeartEdge webinar

Purchase a ticket below to access the event recording.

Intersectionality is a way of describing how social categories (e.g. disability, race, gender) combine to create overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage. In the latest HeartEdge Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up series we are exploring intersectional experience of disability and neurodiversity, gender, mental health, sexuality, race and poverty.

This additional webinar, organised with the Church Times, asks, what are the key issues in the context of faith and what are our calls to the church?



Lamar Hardwick (he/him) (DMin, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary), also known as "the autism pastor," is the lead pastor at Tri-Cities Church in East Point, Georgia. He is the author of Epic Church, I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor, and the award-winning book Disability and The Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion (InterVarsity Press 2021).

Naomi Lawson Jacobs (they/them) is a researcher, disability advocate and trainer, who completed a PhD on the experiences of disabled Christians in 2019. Their book, At the Gates: Disability, Justice and the Churches, is out in June 2022, co-written by Emily Richardson. The book shares disabled people’s stories of marginalisation in churches, their cries for justice from the edge, and their transformative theologies for the whole church.

Fiona MacMillan (she/her) is a disabled and neuordivergent advocate, practitioner, speaker and writer. She chairs the Disability Advisory Group at St Martin in the Fields, is a trustee of Inclusive Church, leads the planning team for their annual disability conference and convenes the Shut In Shut Out Shut Up series for HeartEdge. Fiona is a member of the Nazareth Community and was recently elected to General Synod.

Rachel Mann (she/her) is an Anglican priest, writer, scholar and broadcaster. Author of 12 books, she has written theologically about her experience of hidden disability and chronic illness in the critically-acclaimed Dazzling Darkness (Wild Goose, 2012/2020) & Love’s Mysteries (Canterbury Press, 2020). She is a member of the Church of England’s Theological Advisory Board, The Faith & Order Commission.


Access information

BSL, automatic captions, livestreamed using Streamyard and available to watch live or recorded.

Shut In Shut Out Shut Up is a disabled-led space for challenging questions and honest conversations about theology, faith and church. Hymns A&M and HeartEdge recently announced an agreement to work together on future projects. This is the first in an occasional series of joint webinars.


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