Webinar offers conversation on baptism and church membership for people with intellectual disabilites

“Becoming the Baptized Body: A Conversation on Baptism and Church Membership for People with Intellectual Disabilities” is offered as an online webinar on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. (Eastern time). For registration go to https://churchofthebrethren.regfox.com/becoming-the-baptized-body.

Continuing education credit of 0.1 units is available and there is no charge to participate. A recording of the webinar will be available for those who cannot attend the live stream event, posted on the website of the Anabaptist Disabilities Network.

This webinar will feature Dr. Sarah Jean Barton, assistant professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School and author of Becoming the Baptized Body: Disability and the Practice of Christian Community, and Jeanne Davies, executive director of the Anabaptist Disabilities Network and author of Believing and Belonging: An Accessible Anabaptist Membership Curriculum.

Barton and Davies will discuss baptism and church membership with particular attention to people with intellectual disabilities. Baptism is a practice of belonging that not only affects individuals but the entire church. How have people with intellectual disabilities been excluded and why? What must we know in order to be baptized? How do we offer the necessary preparation? How do we all participate in baptism? Is there belonging without baptism? The webinar will explore all these questions and more.

For more information see www.brethren.org/webcasts.


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