United Theological Seminary Offers New Program and Fall Lectures on Disability

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Dayton, OH, seminary's new ministry training and fall lectures focus on Ministry with People with Disabilities

School for Discipleship and Renewal

School for Discipleship and Renewal

The new ministry training program, which involves five master’s level courses, is led by Dr. David F. Watson, United’s Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament.

United Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a new certification program focused on Christians and disability entitled Ministry with People with Disabilities. The new ministry training program, which involves five master’s level courses, is led by Dr. David F. Watson, United’s Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament.

The program is endorsed by the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and, Ministry. Although certification has long been available in other areas of ministry, this new program fills an important gap in recognizing that disability is also a valid specialized calling that requires focused training and experience. More details can be found at certification or by contacting Laura Weber at lweber(at)united(dot)edu or 937-529-2201.

“Christians and Disability: Renewing the Church and Healing the World” is also the theme of United’s fall J. Arthur Heck Lectures, to be held Wednesday, October 17, at the Dayton, OH, campus. The guest lecturer is Dr. Amos Yong, is the J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. Yong’s education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies He has authored or edited more than 15 volumes, including The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God (Grand Rapids and Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011).

Lectures include “The Bible and Disability: Redeeming an Ableist Hermeneutic,” “Theology & Disability: Healing an Ableist World,” and a panel discussion with responses by Dr. Sarah J. Melcher, Ph.D., Xavier University department of religion, and Dr. David Watson. Details and registration information can be found here.

United Theological Seminary, now in its 142nd year, is one of the fastest growing theological schools in the United States. It was founded in 1871 by Milton Wright, a Bishop in The United Brethren Church and father of Wilbur, Orville and Katherine Wright. United offers accredited, innovative graduate and non-degree education programs for both clergy and laity.

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