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Vulnerable communion : a theology of disability and hospitality

Author: Thomas E Reynolds
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Brazos Press, ©2008.
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"As parents of a son with disabilities, Thomas Reynolds and his wife know what it's like to be misunderstood by a church community. In Vulnerable Communion, Reynolds draws upon that personal experience and a diverse body of literature to empower churches and individuals to foster deeper hospitality toward persons with disabilities." "Reynolds shows that the Christian story is one of strength coming from weakness, of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reynolds, Thomas E., 1963-
Vulnerable communion.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Brazos Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)681244331
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Reynolds
ISBN: 9781587431777 1587431777
OCLC Number: 166368594
Description: 256 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Theology and disability : perils and promises --
Communal boundaries : dwelling together and the cult of normalcy --
Able bodies? : the illusion of control and denial of vulnerability --
Recovering disability : the strange power of "weakness" --
Love divine : vulnerability, creation, and God --
Worthy of love? : humanity, disability, and redemption in Christ --
Being together : love, church, and hospitality.
Responsibility: Thomas E. Reynolds.
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"As parents of a son with disabilities, Thomas Reynolds and his wife know what it's like to be misunderstood by a church community. In Vulnerable Communion, Reynolds draws upon that personal experience and a diverse body of literature to empower churches and individuals to foster deeper hospitality toward persons with disabilities." "Reynolds shows that the Christian story is one of strength coming from weakness, of wholeness emerging from brokenness, and of power in vulnerability. Wholeness, he argues, comes not from self-sufficiency, but from the "genuinely inclusive communion" that results from sharing our humanity - including our lack of ability - with one another. Then, and only then, will we truly live in hospitality with one another and with people with disabilities." "Reynolds offers valuable biblical, theological, and pastoral tools to understand and welcome those with disabilities. The book will be useful to academics, students, and pastors, as well as anyone touched by disability in some way. Readers will find penetrating examinations of the difficult questions of why God allows disability and what the church can learn from people with disabilities."--Jacket.

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