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Theology and Ministry

Learning from the Learning Impaired how to Experience God

Ruth Lackenby

Abstract

This piece is an exploration of how the learning impaired experience God and how that experience is expressed. It also looks at how the church can learn from this—through a recognition of vulnerability and an acknowledgement of a dependence on those who appear utterly dependant, as a reflection of our dependence on God. It goes on to explore questions of what it truly means and costs to live in community, with reference to the paradigm offered by Jean Vanier. It concludes by challenging commonly held presuppositions as to the margins and the nucleus of inclusive community; a challenge which requires a further re-examination of presumptions regarding one’s place at the hub of such community.

Key Words: learning impairment; vulnerability; community; Jean Vanier

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