Speakers

Monday, 11:00-12:30

Grant Macaskill, UK, University of Aberdeen, Kirby Laing Chair of New Testament Exegesis, Co-Director of the Centre for Autism and Theology, and author of Autism and the Church (Baylor, 2021)

Lisa Collinson, UK, University of Aberdeen, Academic Engagement and Research Lead and member of the Centre for Autism and Theology advisory group.

Monday, 13:30-15:30

Stewart Rapley, UK, Trustee for the National Autistic Society, advisory council for the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Autism and Theology, and author of Autistic Thinking in the Life of the Church (SCM, 2021)

Cynthia Tam, Canada, pastor at The Living Room Church and of Village Eulogia, National Coordinator for Disability Ministries for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, author of Kinship in the Household of God: Towards a Practical Theology of Belonging and Spiritual Care of People with Profound Autism (Wipf & Stock, 2021)

Daniel Bowman, US, Taylor University, Associate Professor, and author of On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, and the Gifts of Neurodiversity (Baker, 2021)

Eilidh Campbell, UK, University of Glasgow, tutor in theology and religious studies and author of Motherhood and Autism: An Embodied Theology of Motherhood and Disability (SCM, 2021)

Tuesday, 11:00-12:30

David Teo, Singapore, Senior Chaplain of the Chapel of Christ Our Hope and of St. Andrew’s Autism Centre

Wen Pin Leow, Singapore, President of the Koinonia Inclusion Network, Lecturer in Biblical and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Director of the Centre for Disability Ministry in Asia, and author of Enabling Hearts: A Primer for Disability-Inclusive Churches (2021)

Tuesday, 13:30-15:30

Stephen Bedard, Canada, author of How to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly (Hope’s Reason, 2017) and Disability and the Church blog at www.stephenjbedard.com

Mark Arnold, UK, Additional Needs Ministry Director at Urban Saints, Co-Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance, and author of Additional Needs Blogfather blog

Claire Williams, UK, Regents Theological College, Lecturer specialising in Practical theology and author of Knowing God on the Spectrum: A Liberation Theology for Neurodiversity (SCM, forthcoming)

Tuesday, 16:00-17:30

Sue Fletcher-Watson, UK, University of Edinburgh, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Director of Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre and Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism

Léon van Ommen, UK, University of Aberdeen, Lecturer in Practical Theology and Co-Director of the Centre for Autism and Theology and co-author of “Music, Autism, and Church: The Role of Music for Autistic Persons in Public Worship” (Worship, forthcoming with Zoe Strong)

Wednesday, 11:00-12:30

Hanneke Schaap-Jonker, Netherlands, Vrije Universiteit, Centre for Research and Innovation in Christian Mental Health Care, author of “Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Image of God as a Core Aspect of Religousness” (T&F, 2012)

Hans Schaeffer, Netherlands, Theological University Kampen, Professor of Practical Theology and vice-director of the Center for Church and Mission in the West

Wednesday, 13:30-15:30

Kirstyn Oliver, UK, founder of Alma Autism www.almaautism.com

Wednesday, 16:00-17:30

Brian Brock, UK, University of Aberdeen, Chair of Moral and Practical Theology, and author of Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ (Baylor, 2020)

Joanna Leidenhag, UK, University of Leeds, Lecturer in Theology and Liberal Arts, and is currently writing a book on autism and theology