David Morstad is a widely published writer, speaker and advocate in the disability field. For more than 38 years, he served Bethesda Lutheran Communities in roles that included educational resource development, Corporate Director of Training, Vice President for Communications, and was the Executive Director of the Bethesda Institute. He is a Fellow in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and was the 2010 recipient of the AAIDD Religion and Spirituality Division’s Henri J.M. Nouwen Award. He currently serves as an administrative advisor to the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, and the Wisconsin Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
My blog, A Larger Table, is a collection of thoughts inspired by nearly four decades of work in faith-based services among people with disabilities, work with the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, and countless relationships with people who have disabilities – friends, students, family and coworkers.
This much needs to be clear: I am not a person with a disability. I fully and freely admit that the story of disability is, to a great extent, not mine to tell. Further, I am neither clergy nor theologian. For all these obvious reasons, I beg forgiveness in advance for what are certain to be theological and perceptual errors that are at the very least silly, and perhaps even offensive. I invite correction in the comments.
I am an observer, a writer, and a student of relationships among people with diverse abilities. And, though I write from a Christian perspective, I am most grateful for both the influence, patience and abundant kindness of my friends in the Jewish and Muslim communities.
I look forward to conversation. Welcome to the table.