- November 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Bill Gaventa, M.Div. delivers the Pyne Lecture on Ministry with Persons with Disabilities
Boston College School of Theology
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Unlike the arenas of acute care and psychiatric care, spirituality is often unrecognized and unaddressed as a dimension of care, support, and quality of life in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Why? This lecture and discussion will discuss some of the reasons, but more importantly, illustrate (1) how exploring the meaning of disability leads to the realm of spirituality, and (2) how spirituality permeates the life cycles of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, issues of care, and quality of life.
Bill Gaventa is currently the Director of the annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability well as the Collaborative on Faith and Disability, linking a number of University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities who are addressing spirituality through initiatives in training, technical assistance, research, and/or dissemination. He was formerly Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers University, in New Jersey. Bill’s primary areas of experience and expertise are spiritual and faith based supports with people with disabilities, training for clergy, seminarians and community services staff, aging and end of life/grief issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities, cultural competence, and community building. He served as the President of American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for 2016-2017.
As a writer and editor, Bill has edited newsletters and several books, multiple articles and chapters, and served as the Editor of the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health for 14 years. His most recent book, Spirituality and Disability: Recovering Wholeness, has been published by Baylor University Press in the spring of 2018.