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Matters of Life and Death #4: Disability

August 10th, 2011 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

‘But we have this treasure in clay jars…’

On Sunday we looked at the clay fragility of human life from a couple of angles.  How can we accept our own flaws so we can welcome other flawed people?  How do our modern expectations of perfection and comfort get in the way of hospitality to the disabled guest, the disabled foetus, the disabled friend?

(You can hear the audio here.)

If you’re interested in exploring some of the ideas further, you might like to check out the following links:

  • the video we watched about inclusive churches is on the CBM Australia website, where you can find lots of other resources too
  • a lovely man I studied with at Carey now helps run Christian Ministries with Disabled Trust, based in Auckland
  • the National Screening Unit runs the antenatal screening for Down Syndrome I spoke about
  • a Whangarei man is leading legal action against the screening programme, arguing that it leads to genocide of people with Down Syndrome.  An article from him is here, and one from a mother of a DS child here.
  • Christian Medical Fellowship (UK) has an index of all sorts of articles on bioethical issues.  You can see a list of articles on different aspects of prenatal testing here.

Many of you told me your stories of living with disabilities, being offered screening tests and other things.  If you’d like to add your stories to the comments below, it would be great to be able to share our experiences.


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  • 2 Mike Sullivan Oct 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for raising awareness on this issue. Our children are defined by their humanity and spirit, and now face eradication in New Zealand in the name of choice. The choice to kill a human being, created in the image of God, whilst most stand silent.