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Our Story


Dr. Amy Panton (she/they), Press Founder and Editor. Amy has a PhD in Practical Theology from Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto (2024).


Mad & Crip Theology Press was founded in 2021 by Dr. Amy Panton, a Mad Theologian living with multiple physical impairments. During her PhD research about self-injury, Amy noticed a significant gap in the mental health and disability literature—there was a lack of perspectives from those with lived experience. This realization inspired the creation of the Press - a space where the voices of Mad, crip, disabled, and neurodivergent individuals could be amplified and celebrated.


From the Kitchen Table:

Mad & Crip Theology Press is a labour of love, run from Amy's kitchen table. As a Mad and crip person, Amy brings her passion and personal experience to this project, demonstrating that beautiful work can emerge from (very!) humble beginnings. The Press is a testament to the resilience and creativity of the Mad and crip community, driven by a deep commitment to Mad and disabled justice and inclusion. 

Community First:

At Mad & Crip Theology Press, community is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to co-creating with other Mad and disabled folks, fostering a space where knowledge is shared, stories are heard, and life-giving dialogues flourish. In a world that often demands constant busyness, we intentionally embrace "crip time." By slowing down, we prioritize building meaningful relationships and taking care of our body-minds as we journey together.


We are dedicated to bringing the voices of Mad, crip, disabled, and neurodivergent individuals to the forefront of theological and spiritual storytelling, research, and praxis. Our mission is rooted in the history and principles of mad people's liberation and disability justice. We strive to challenge ableist narratives, celebrate diverse experiences, and advocate for a world where all body-minds are valued and respected.


Our vision is to foster a dynamic and inclusive community where Mad, crip, disabled, and neurodivergent voices are central to theological and spiritual conversations. We aim to challenge the existing power structures and redefine who is seen as an expert in society. By elevating the voices of those with lived experience, we seek to promote systemic change and ensure that everyone is recognized and respected for their valuable insights, knowledge, and perspectives.

Community Work:

Mad & Crip Theology Press is deeply committed to serving and uplifting the Mad and Crip community. We host monthly workshops designed to foster connection, creativity, and mutual support. These workshops provide a safe and inclusive space for participants to share their experiences, engage in collaborative projects, and explore new ideas. By bringing people together, we aim to build a strong, supportive community.

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