Windows on the World: Stephanie Tait
| 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
December 9, 2022: Stephanie Tait: Author and Speaker
Windows on the World (December 9th at 10 a.m.): “We’re People, Not Parables”. As an author, speaker, disability advocate, and trauma survivor, Stephanie Tait has harnessed her experience, writing her intimate understanding of pain into messages that foster healing within the Kingdom of God. For many, the term "ableism" feels like a fairly new addition to the cultural lexicon. But in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, there has never been a greater urgency to ask ourselves this question: What impact, if any, does ableism have on our churches, our faith practices, and even our reading of Scripture itself? From teachings on the healing stories of the gospels, to "was blind but now I see," Stephanie will explore some of the specific barriers disabled people face to full inclusion and participation in the body of Christ - and point us towards prophetic imagination of what "on earth as it is in Heaven" could look like.
With radical candor and transparency, her work aims to partner sound theology and practice with the unashamed acceptance of struggle in the present tense. She aims to create space for the reality of suffering, as well as practical tools and experience for its management, in the center of our faith ethic, our communities, and our joy. As a Lyme disease sufferer, whose 14-year delayed diagnosis led to myriad lasting health consequences, and a trauma survivor who remains in active treatment for her C-PTSD, she speaks and writes about disability and suffering from the perspective of her everyday lived experience. Her book, The View From Rock Bottom, examines the influences of the prosperity gospel in the modern church and urges us to a deeper and more robust theology of suffering. Stephanie's current work most notably focuses on disability justice, seeking to correct the inequities that exclude disabled bodies from full inclusion in both the church, and our larger communities. Learn more about Stephanie Tait.