Finally came to the realization that my leaving mid level management to pursue my calling through the U.S. educational systems is probably one of the biggest missteps I’ve made in this journey so far. With that in mind if has become abundantly clear its time to go. I’ve got books to write, sermons to preach,people to serve and workshops to lead. #therevolutionwillnotbetelevised.
Next up returning back to school to finish my M.Div & doctoral work so I can have backing & credentials to help others pick up the torch and continue the work and bridge the gap between disability as more of a social justice construct building from the works of black liberation theology & black womanist theology from the likes of James H.Cone, Monica A. Coleman & Jacquelyn Grant.
How refreshing and encouraging it Is to know that Monica A Coleman and two others have taken the initial steps in bringing to light the link between disability theology and Owen of color. In my own context as a black woman with a somewhat hidden disability Cerebral Palsy I find the juxtaposition between the works of Elaine Brown Crawford who argues hope is theological construct pushing black women onward despite the hand that’s been dealt. But the question remains for those of us who pass as TABs (temporarily able bodied) or those who can’t pass to question what is our place in our world of ableism and black liberation theology fight the power but how because we live in a society that is such that the movement pushes us to the side unless they are forced to see the disability as it rolls across the stage or you receive an invite to speak only because of your labels or boxes checked that a. She is female b. She is African American c. She is a person with a disability or d. She is young. Of course we want young black clergy in certain annual conferences. While in others it all a political game and without certain boxes checked you might as well forget ordination focus on completing the M.Div or MTS and go for the PhD.
Came to the realization after a hellish school year of teaching within the bowels of public education in special education with frequent physical assaults and administration siding only on the side of parents for fear of litigation. After reaching my ropes end at holiday break I will complete my M.Div studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Unsure of where I will complete my PhD studies. Continuing o struggle with going this route if ordination is essential or more of a because of the arduous road ahead I will complete it simply because of the challenge and God’s call on my life. Prayerful for friends who will appear before the boards of ordination this month. Grateful for supportive colleagues in Academia like Jeremy Schipper and Darla Schumm. Grateful for colleagues who straddle the fence between the ivory tower and local church Eric Pridmore and Elaine Heath.