Disability, Vocation, and Prophetic Witness

John Swinton* (Corresponding Author)

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This paper builds on Frances Young’s suggestion that people with profound intellectual disability have a prophetic vocation. It explores the idea of vocation using the experience of intellectual disability as a critical hermeneutic that brings to the fore a perspective that views vocation as something that includes all of the Body of Christ and not just the head. The intention is to offer a different more theologically and practically inclusive perspective on vocation that might enable us to create communities where each member's vocation was valued and enabled.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-197
Number of pages12
JournalTheology Today
Issue number2
Early online date4 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2020


  • vocation
  • intellectual disability
  • disability
  • practical theology
  • knowledge of God
  • discipleship
  • vocation, intellectual disability, disability, practical theology, knowledge of God, discipleship


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