A Healing Homiletic

Preaching and Disability

By Kathy Black Published
A Healing Homiletic
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In A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability, Kathy Black offers a unique and effective approach for preaching about disabilities. By going to the heart of the gospel and drawing on the healing narratives or miracle stories, Black shows how preaching affects the inclusion or exclusion of forty-three million persons with disabilities from our faith communities. A Healing Homiletic provides a new method of preaching about healing, based on Scripture, for understanding the needs of the disability community.


"Professor Black stays close to the nerve of lived reality, avoiding cheap answers to the issues of suffering and illness. "
-Thomas H. Troeger, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado

"With honesty and compassion, Kathy Black articulates theological and biblical interpretations that support the full and intentional inclusion of people with disabilities-in the pew and in the pulpit. This is an indispensable book for ministers, theologians, and laity. "
-Nancy L. Eiesland Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and author of The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability

"This book should have been a resource when I studied homilectics under Harry Emerson Fosdick at Union fifty years ago. Now that I teach homiletics, Kathy Black's book is fortunately available. "
-Harold Wilke, President, The Healing Community, Claremont, California

"I highly recommend A Healing Homilectic to pastors, theological faculty, laity, and persons with disabilities who want to take a fresh and liberating look at the healing miracles of Jesus. "
-Albert A. Herzog Jr., Executive Director Center for Persons with Disabilities in the Ufe of the Church, Columbus, Ohio

"With skill and insight, A Healing Homilectic exposes the church's ambivalent attitudes toward persons with disabilities, and provides the necessary resources for crafting a new way of preaching about illness and disability. "
-Marjorie Proctor-Smith Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas

About the Author

Kathy Black

(2001) Kathy Black is Professor of Homiletics & Liturgics, the School of Theology at Claremont, and an ordained United Methodist minister. She has extensive experience in various fields of disability: she worked as chaplain at Gallaudet University (an outstanding college for the hearing impaired); she pastored two churches for deaf persons; and she taught Deaf Ministry classes and Ministry With Persons With Disabilities at Wesley Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, and the School of Theology at Claremont.