In 2011, a group was formed consisting of Laidlaw staff and students as well as others from outside the College to dialogue about God, theology, disability and Laidlaw’s educational practices and community life. Our discussions were impassioned as we prayerfully worked together towards framing a statement and imagining a way for the College to incarnate fully inclusive educational practices for all people regardless of disability or impairment.
The statement, entitled “The Disability Working Group Proposed Theological Framework (May 2012)”, can be found following. It will continue to be debated and revised. It will remain a dynamic, working document. The current version includes the following statement:
"Laidlaw College needs to be schooled in the gospel that meets people in their pain and offers the hope of transformation. We want all to be equipped to love and engage people in their society where they hurt the most. Though we all suffer, the suffering experienced by those with disabilities is compounded by societal barriers and in some cases impairment."
Most of those involved in the 2011 dialogue have now formed an ongoing Advisory Group that will continue to meet and advise the College on issues of theology, education and disability. The names of the members of the Advisory Group can also be found following.
As a College, we have just commenced this journey. There is a long way to go. Please pray for us as, in all aspects of our educational practice, we seek to respond faithfully to the gospel of Christ.
Dr Rod Thompson
Rod Thompson's interview with Immanuel Koks
John Goldingay's keynote addresses - God, Humanness & Disability Conference