Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality

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Brazos Press, Apr 1, 2008 - Religion - 256 pages
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As parents of a son with disabilities, Thomas E. 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 argues that the Christian story is one of strength coming from weakness, of wholeness emerging from brokenness, and of power in vulnerability. He offers valuable biblical, theological, and pastoral tools to understand and welcome those with disabilities. Vulnerable Communion will be a useful resource for any student, theologian, church leader, or lay person seeking to discover the power of God revealed through weakness.

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Having a child with a disability myself, this book really hit home. While the authors son had more severe handicaps than what my son had to deal with, I could relate to the deep love that Reynolds has ... Read full review

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This is primarily a book for theologians or for people deeply invested in theology. Having said that, it is one of the best theology texts I have read in a long time. It is a systematic theology rooted in praxis and putting the reality of disability, that open minority we will all join someday, at the center of the conversation rather than the periphery. His scope is wide and the analysis pointed. The analysis is interspersed with the author's own journey with raising a son with multiple disabilities. Finally, as theology texts go, this is very elegantly written. Do yourself a favor and read it. 


Perils and Promises
Dwelling Together and the Cult
Able Bodies? The Illusion ofControl and Denial ofVulnerability
The Strange Power ofWeakness
Vulnerability Creation and God
Worthy of Love? Humanity Disability and Redemption in Christ
Love Church and Hospitality
Church as the Ongoing Presence
Welcoming in the Spirit

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Thomas E. Reynolds (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is associate professor of theology at Emmanuel College in the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. He lives in North York, Ontario.

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