Comments: Calling from the Edge

Thanks for the Link to Fiona MacMillan's pdf. One of the footnotes in that text is worth following up on,i.e. re austerity and disabled rights.

The same situation exists here in this part of the world

Posted by Rod Gillis at Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at 5:30pm GMT

Synod has become, sadly, a platform for those with privilege to speak. It should be an opportunity for those in authority to be challenged and to answer but one only needs to read the questions and answers session to appreciate that questions are not valued by bishops and they effectively duck most of them, unless the question is simply seeking statistics.

The disabled - left to speak at fringe events. Survivors of abuse - relegated to the visitors gallery while the Archbishop of Canterbury talks about them. We could go on.

Posted by Kate at Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 2:10pm GMT

Re Kate, "It should be an opportunity for those in authority to be challenged ..." Perhaps it is like 'Question Period' in the House of Commons? As the saying goes, there is a reason it is called 'question period' and not 'answer period' ( :

Posted by Rod Gillis at Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 4:18pm GMT

It's first and foremost a sign of lacking imagination. As Fiona says, we all know about physical access to buildings, that's something we can imagine. And if there's only one person in our church with another disability, and if they seem to be coping ok, most people will genuinely not realise what is required and why.

I'm recognising this in myself: with each new friend with a disability I have to make a real and prolonged effort to start understanding from scratch, and I often feel a real inner resistance that takes a stern word with myself to overcome.
Can't she just.... what's wrong with what I’m doing... do we really have to.... these are natural responses.

And I suspect they're also behind the fact that we prefer to talk about people than with them. You couldn't in all honesty admit that you would actually much rather not bother and that you find someone's needs challenging.

Somehow, we need to find a collective way of recognising that we're not very good at integrating new needs into our midst. Unless we’re really honest about that and resolve to put in structures to help us change, we’ll continue to Other people we don’t understand.

Posted by Erika Baker at Friday, 23 February 2018 at 10:31am GMT
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