Homiletic of Belonging

Transformation is a major goal of evangelical preaching, but how
might people with intellectual disabilities be spiritually
transformed through evangelical preaching? One might look to
models of disability for answers, but medical models and social
models of disability can be problematic for people with ID. Gaps
in disability models bring into focus a need that homiletics might
address: Belonging. The concept of belonging figures prominently
among disability and practical theologians like John Swinton,
Brian Brock, and Hans Reinders and in the empirical research of
Erik Carter. Interacting with their work, the concept of belonging
will be explored as a homiletical model that may contribute to
the transformation of listeners with intellectual disabilities. The
homiletical goal of transformation among people with
intellectual disabilities might be served by a homiletical model of
belonging in which 1.) through the preaching of
counternarratives, preachers contribute to the transformation of
non-disabled parishioners by pointing them to the value of
friendship with the intellectually disabled and to the inherent
worth of people with ID from creation and in the body of Christ.
2.) by preachers knowing these listeners as friends.