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In Beyond Saints and Superheroes: Supporting Parents Raising Children with Disabilities A Practical Guide for Faith Communities Laura MacGregor and Allen G. Jorgenson tell the stories of parents who have brought their children with disabilities to church. Some parents have felt supported by their faith communities, while many have felt unwelcome, silenced, and have even left their churches altogether.
This eight-week guide is written for personal self-reflection and small-group learning. The guide highlights practical ways that faith communities can support families impacted by disability. Beautiful illustrations by Wendy Newbery and poetry by Allen G. Jorgenson, along with spiritual practices, provide points of reflection as you journey through the eight-week guide.
The Beyond Saints and Superheroes Research Project was made possible by a Project Research Grant from the Louisville Institute.
Check out authors Laura and Allen talking about the book on the Mad and Crip Theology Podcast!
Beyond Saints & Superheroes: Supporting Parents Raising Children W Disabilities
Laura MacGregor is a qualitative researcher and caregiving ethicist whose research focuses on the intersection of faith, disability, and caregiving. Laura’s work emerges from her experiences parenting a son with profound physical and intellectual disabilities. Laura holds a PhD in Human Relations from Martin Luther University College.
Allen G. Jorgenson is Assistant Dean and holds the William D. Huras Chair in Ecclesiology at Martin Luther University College at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of Indigenous and Christian Spaces in Dialogue: Kairotic Place and Borders (Lexington, 2021). Allen is especially interested in attending to marginalized voices for the task of theology. The practices of writing poetry and painting sustain and ground him.
Wendy Newbery is a visual artist residing in Kitchener, Ontario. She an Expressive Arts Facilitator who helps to reconnect people with creative expression. She brings art-making to people with disabilities, their family members and caregivers to enable them to amplify their voices and share their valuable stories.