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KTF Weekly Newsletter
Tamice had a number of podcast interviews come out this week, all fascinating and quite different from each other, about her book. Check her out on The New Evangelicals, Can I Say This at Church?, and Queer Theology. And now, on to this week’s highlights.
I’ve heard many stories from disabled parents over the years about the sharp contrast between how adults and children view them. Often, adults are judgmental or outright hostile to the notion that a disabled person could competently care for a child. But children seem remarkably unconcerned that their caretaker can’t walk, or whatever the case may be. My own daughter, though she is less than a year old, seems to have realized that dad doesn’t respond to her motions an facial expressions the way mom does, and has consequently taken to happily shouting baby babbles at me all day. She’s also become quite good at the game “snatch the white cane,” which she plays when I’m walking next to her stroller. Kids’ adaptability and joy is often a welcome respite for disabled people or anyone with identities the world marginalizes. So I really resonated with this article by former Shake the Dust guest Dr. Lamar Hardwick about ways that his autism positively impacts his relationship with his children, even though it doesn’t apply directly to me. May we all strive for more of this childlikeness that Jesus said is the marker of those to whom the kingdom belongs.