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"For persons with disabilities, the body is the center of political struggle. In challenging society's definitions of our bodies as flawed, dangerous, and dependent, people with disabilities initiated a social movement that stressed positive self-image and self-help."    - Nancy L. Eiesland ; The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability, p. 49


"Living with a disability is difficult. Acknowledging this difficulty is not a defeat, I have learned, but a hard-won accomplishment in learning to live a life that is not disabled. The difficulty for people with disabilities has two parts really—living our ordinary, but difficult lives, and changing structures, beliefs, and attitudes that prevent us from living ordinarily."    - Nancy L. Eiseland ; The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability, p. 13


"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink . . . Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."    - Paul ; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27


"We have seen signs which shall not be cut off. The branches shall not be cut off from the vine. Our power will not be diminished or rendered ineffective. The sacrament of life shall not be withheld—the body, the blood, the sensuality of God's presence on earth."    - Carter Heyward ; Quoted by Nancy Eiesland in The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability


For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”    - Paul ; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25


"The 'body'—of individuals and the body of populations—appears as the bearer of new variables, not merely as between the scarce and the numerous and the submissive and the restive, rich and poor, healthy and sick, strong and weak, but also as between the more or less utilisable, more or less amenable to profitable investment, those with greater or lesser prospects of survival, death and illness, and with more or less capacity for being usefully trained."    - Michael Foucault ; The Disabled God, Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability


"The place which my body occupies within the world, my actual Here is the starting point from which I take my bearings in space. It is, so to speak, the center 0 in my system of coordination."    - Alfred Schutz ; Quoted in The Disabled God: Toward a Theology of Liberation


"The Nation's proper goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency."    - Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ; Quoted in The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability


"The bodies we inhabit and the lives those bodies carry on need not be perfect to have value. Bad things do happen, we know—to bad and good people alike—but so do good things. Life's curses, like life's blessings, are always mixed."    - Nancy Mairs ; Quoted in The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability


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