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General Christian Education Bibliography

Christian Education: A Bibliography, Edited by Charles Bellinger, Wabash Center

Anthony, Michael J., ed. Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001.

Anthony, Michael J., and Warren S. Benson. Exploring the History & Philosophy of Christian Education : Principles for the 21st Century. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003.

Anthony, Michael J. Introducing Christian Education : Foundations for the Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001.

Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth, S. Steve Kang, and Gary A. Parrett. A Many Colored Kingdom : Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.

Cram, Ronald Hecker. Understanding Trends in Protestant Education in the Twentieth Century. Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1998.

Dykstra, Craig R. Growing in the Life of Faith : Education and Christian Practices. 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

Elias, John L. A History of Christian Education : Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Perspectives. Malabar, Fla: Krieger Pub. Co, 2002.

Erricker, Clive, and Jane Erricker. Reconstructing Religious, Spiritual, and Moral Education. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Everding, H. Edward. Viewpoints : Perspectives of Faith and Christian Nurture. Harrisburg, Pa: Trinity Press International, 1998.

Everist, Norma Cook. The Church as Learning Community : A Comprehensive Guide to Christian Education. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002.

Foltz, Nancy T. Handbook of Planning in Religious Education. Birmingham, Ala: Religious Education Press, 1998.

Groome, Thomas H., and Harold Daly Horell, eds. Horizons & Hopes : The Future of Religious Education. Mahwah, N.J: Paulist Press, 2003.

Halverson, Delia Touchton. The Nuts & Bolts of Christian Education : Practical Wisdom for Teachers & Leaders. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000.

Halverson, Delia Touchton. 32 Ways to Become a Great Sunday School Teacher : Self-Directed Studies for Church Teachers. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997.

Harris, Maria, and Gabriel Moran. Reshaping Religious Education : Conversations on Contemporary Practice. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.

Hermans, C. A. M. Participatory Learning : Religious Education in a Globalizing Society. Boston: Brill, 2003.

Jackson, Robert. Rethinking Religious Education and Plurality : Issues in Diversity and Pedagogy. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004.

Larsen, Jerry. Religious Education and the Brain : A Practical Resource for Understanding how we Learn about God. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.

Law, Eric H. F. The Word at the Crossings : Living the Good News in a Multicontextual Community. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004.

Lee, James Michael. Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium. Birmingham, Ala: Religious Education Press, 2000.

Leicester, Mal, Celia Modgil, and Sohan Modgil, eds. Spiritual and Religious Education. New York: Falmer Press, 2000.

Love, James R. The Gathering Place : Empowering Your Community through Urban Church Education. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.

Martin, Robert K. The Incarnate Ground of Christian Faith : Towards a Christian Theological Epistemology for the Educational Ministry of the Church. Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1998.

McKinney, Lora-Ellen. Christian Education in the African American Church : A Guide for Teaching Truth. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2003.

McNeal, Reggie. Revolution in Leadership : Training Apostles for Tomorrow’s Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.

Murphy, Debra Dean. Teaching that Transforms : Worship as the Heart of Christian Education. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2004.

O’Connell, Timothy E. Making Disciples : A Handbook of Christian Moral Formation. New York: Crossroad Pub, 1998.

O’Hare, Padraic. The Enduring Covenant : The Education of Christians and the End of Antisemitism. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997.

Osmer, Richard Robert. The Teaching Ministry of Congregations. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

Osmer, Richard Robert, and Friedrich Schweitzer. Religious Education between Modernization and Globalization : New Perspectives on the United States and Germany. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans Pub, 2003.

Oxley, Simon. Creative Ecumenical Education : Learning from One another. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2002.

Pazmiño, Robert W. God our Teacher : Theological Basics in Christian Education. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001.

Pazmiño, Robert W. Basics of Teaching for Christians : Preparation, Instruction, and Evaluation. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.

Pazmiño, Robert W. Foundational Issues in Christian Education : An Introduction in Evangelical Perspective. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1997.

Seymour, Jack L. Mapping Christian Education : Approaches to Congregational Learning. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997.

Strommen, Merton P., and Dick Hardel. Passing on the Faith : A Radical New Model for Youth and Family Ministry. Winona, Minn: St. Mary’s Press/Christian Bros. Publications, 2000.

Tolbert, La Verne. Teaching Like Jesus : A Practical Guide to Christian Education in Your Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

Tye, Karen B. Basics of Christian Education. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000.

Webb-Mitchell, Brett. Christly Gestures : Learning to be Members of the Body of Christ. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Wilkerson, Barbara. Multicultural Religious Education. Birmingham, Ala: Religious Education Press, 1997.

Willows, David. Divine Knowledge : A Kierkegaardian Perspective on Christian Education. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2001.

Wilson, Douglas. The Case for Classical Christian Education. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2003.

Wimberly, Anne Streaty. Nurturing Faith & Hope : Black Worship as a Model for Christian Education. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Wimberly, Anne Streaty, and Evelyn L. Parker. In Search of Wisdom : Faith Formation in the Black Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002.

Yount, William R. Called to Teach : An Introduction to the Ministry of Teaching. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999.

Zuck, Roy B. Teaching as Paul Taught. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.


Books related to Disability in the Church

Annotated Bibliography of works on “experience from the underside of history,” by Wayne F. Farrell (April 19, 2010)

Bredin, Mark. True beauty: finding grace in disabilities. Cambridge, Eng.: Grove Books, 2007.

Summary: God in salvation has shown that all of humanity is sinful and broken. It is a mistake to link grace with all the trappings of worldly beauty and economic success. Grace then invites us to see our weakness, and created nature. However, we reject God’s grace and refuse to see ourselves as God sees us. We refuse to see the needs of others and we have become autonomous individuals. Yet it is in others, especially the faces of the sick, disfigured, and disabled, that we see reflected divine grace. The able- bodied are seduced by their independence and fail to see their need for God. The weak reveal those lies, and point to the need to see ourselves as created, rather than creator.

Creamer, Deborah Beth. Disability and Christian theology: embodied limits and constructive possibilities. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Summary: Reflection on the lived experiences of disabled people is more complex and fluid than the category suggests. The author states that one cannot define what is meant by “body” by studying only the healthy experience, just as one cannot study gender or race by looking only at the black, female perspective. As insights have come by engagement with the particularities of other marginal perspectives, reflection on disabilities also offer new theological contributions.

Downey, Michael. A Blessed Weakness: The Spirit of Jean Vanier and l’Arche. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1986.

Summary: L’Arche has grown to include over seventy communities world-wide, representing over two hundred family-like homes. Loose in structure (yet high on organization), the communities of l’Arche are founded upon the belief in the uniqueness and sacredness of each person, whether handicapped or not. Motivated by the beatitudes in Christian living, the gifts of each person are to be nurtured and called forth with predilection for the poorest, weakest, and most wounded in community and society. This way of life is in itself a spirituality of the heart. Vanier and l’Arche have learned about the truth of God and humanity, based upon their experience of love with the wounded and the vulnerable, motivated by the conviction that each human being is unique and indeed sacred.

Eiesland, Nancy. The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994.

Summary: The author is approaching being disabled not only from the point of view of lived experience, but is also asking, “What does it mean as a person of faith to be handicapped? Can I be a disciple with a broken body? How should the churches leaders use the gifts of our brothers and sisters to enrich and challenge our churches/synagogues/ mosques?” She adds being disabled under the umbrella of liberation theology.

Eiesland Nancy L.,  Saliers Don E.,  Human disability and the service of God: reassessing religious practice.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1998.

Summary: What questions, insights, and perspectives should be advanced if people with disabilities, in all their diversity, were placed at the center of religious life and education? The fourteen contributors to this volume address this multi-faceted question. The chapters examine how the participation of people with disabilities relates to interpretation of biblical and other sacred texts that speak of sin, disability, and healing; what theological vision is necessary to integrate the disabled into Christian life and worship; what the socio-cultural context is within which people with disabilities press for full inclusion; and how worship, as a theological act, can form communities in a more relevant spirituality of inclusiveness. 

Hauerwas, Stanley & Vanier, Jean. Living Gently In A Violent World: the Prophetic Witness Of Weakness. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Summary: Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L’Arche communities. They reflect on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. L’Arche provides a unique model of inclusive community that is underpinned by a deep spirituality and theology. The book explores the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order–one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking, and faithfulness.

Le Pichon, Xavier. Ecce Homo (“Behold Humanity”) To welcome the suffering is the sign of our humanity. 

Summary: In this essay the author describes how an encounter with a dying child transformed his life forever. The story of how he then gave his life over to facing human suffering, while continuing his scientific career, is itself remarkable. By the synergy he has found between what spiritual community and geophysics teach him about the way the world works.

Lowe, Alan. Evangelism and learning disability: learning from the faith and light communities. Cambridge, Eng. : Grove Books, 1998.

Summary: The author writes from his experiences, convinced that the disabled encounter and communicate with the living God in unique and individual ways. As a husband and father to handicapped persons, he is convinced that God wants to be involved in all aspects of our lives, even the brokenness. He attempts to highlight good practices of evangelism among persons with severe learning disabilities. He has found that the disabled express their humanity and spirituality in ways that by- pass reason alone. Finally, thinking through evangelism for this group may lead to gaining valuable insights for evangelism generally.

MacKinlay, Elizabeth, ed. Ageing, disability, and spirituality: addressing the challenge of disability in later life. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008.

Summary: Looking at the effects of disability on people in later life, this book focuses on how people with either life-long disabilities or the acquired disabilities of ageing may live spiritually meaningful lives. MacKinlay presents a series of essays that offer theological and ethical foundations to guide practitioners in addressing spiritual concerns among the elders they serve, particularly those with dementia and other disabilities. She also examines the nature of spirituality and considers ways in which individuals can pursue the spiritual journey as they age.

Neufeldt, Aldred H., ed. Celebrating Differences. Newton, Kan.: Faith and Life Press; Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Pub. House, 1984.

Summary: The writers of this book challenge the reader to a new vision of persons who are different. They guide the reader to view handicapped persons as created in the image of God and equal and valuable members of the body of Christ and family of God. This book is a combined effort on behalf of the Mennonite Church, Church of the Brethren, and Brethren in Christ. A special concern is focused toward the mentally handicapped who make up half of the disabled population in the church. This book is for the church, as God has given to each member a purpose in the kingdom and gifts to build up the church. Writers from various backgrounds present their experiences with both biblical and theological understandings.

Reynolds, Thomas E., Vulnerable Communion, A Theology of Disability and Hospitality. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008.

Summary: As parents of a son with disabilities, the author and his wife know what it’s like to be misunderstood by a church community. He draws upon that personal experience and a diverse body of literature to empower churches and individuals to foster deeper hospitality toward persons with disabilities. He argues that the Christian story is one of strength coming from weakness, of wholeness emerging from brokenness, and of power in vulnerability.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Pastoral statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on persons with disabilities: including the 1988 Resolution on the tenth anniversary of the pastoral statement on persons with disabilities. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2001. 35 pp.

Summary: Beginning from a scriptural basis that you shall love your neighbor as yourself; the bishops affirm that the Church finds its true identity when it fully integrates marginal people. When working with the disabled we tend to think “what can we do for them”, but really it’s about what they can do for us in teaching us about strength and Christian acceptance. It is essential that liturgy, in all of its forms, be available to people with disabilities. This will involve more than just the elimination of physical barriers in buildings.

Young, Amos. Theology and Down Syndrome: reimagining disability in late modernity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007.

Summary: The author writes from his experience as an older brother of a younger brother with Down syndrome and he is a systematic theologian. The book inspires one to think of certain aspects of Christianity as it relates to those with disabilities in a different way. It is written for a Christian audience of theologians, seminarians, ministers, and lay people. The author hopes to deconstruct, transform, and redeem the word “disabled.”