Annual Building Bridges Luncheon: June 8th - April 18, 2017
Register now for our Building Bridges Luncheon Thursday, June 8th. Join us in celebrating 30 years of ministry!
Hear from our guest speaker, Dr. Thomas E. Reynolds
Bridge Disability Ministries’ Building Bridges Luncheon celebrates our spiritual connections ministry’s belonging initiative: to create spaces for people living with disabilities to connect and form relationships within the Body of Christ. To this end, we have invited a fresh voice concerning the place and presence of people whom the world calls “disabled” in the life of the church.
Dr. Thomas E. Reynolds, associate professor of theology at Emmanuel College in the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto, will explore a basic question of human existence. Can we find a home with others who recognize us, value us as we are, and empower us to become ourselves? Drawing from Biblical sources, pastoral tools, and personal experience with an adult son with multiple disabilities, Dr. Reynolds will argue that the church must become redemptive space by empowering those with disabilities to find a welcomed place at its table.
Dr. Reynolds shifts our paradigm, helping us to see how disability and the gospel are inextricable linked. He extols the power of Christ’s being in those the world calls “weak” and “vulnerable,” while reminding us that we are all in fact disabled and have gifts to share in the body of Christ. Only in sharing our humanity, including our lack of ability, will the church affect the world.
To be a Christian and human is far more than just accepting those with disabilities. All leaders and participants in faith communities will be challenged to accept our own vulnerability by entering into mutual relationships of giving and receiving, and in so doing, bring our loved ones from the margins to the center of the church.
Dr. Reynolds is the author of Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality (Brazos Press, 2008).
Community Life Center Westminster Chapel
13646 NE 24th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
$30 per person
$225 for a table of 8