(Dis)abling Mission, Enabling Witness

The Distillery Season 2

People with disabilities are the largest multicultural minority group in the world. Yet, as Benjamin Conner explains in this episode, the Church is still learning what it means to embrace disability within the body of Christ. Conner describes what the mission of God looks like when people with disabilities bear the witness of the Spirit.

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Conner Benjamin


Benjamin Conner is Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry, the only program of its kind in the United States, at Western Theological Seminary. For seven years before joining Western’s faculty he ran a ministry to and with adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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