Prospectus a graduate student journal seeking to create a space for learning and growth in ministry and academia for interdisciplinary graduate students and all of Christ’s witnesses wherever they are found.

For its inaugural issue, Prospectus is inviting essays offering theologically formed and/or interdisciplinary considerations regarding the role of persons with intellectual disabilities in the life and ministry of the Church. The following topics are of particular interest:

  • Ableism and the Imago DeiThe spiritual gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities and their roles in ministry
  • The Church’s historical understanding of and approaches to persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Theological anthropology of disability
  • Scriptural models for understanding and engagement of persons with intellectual disabilities


Prospectus is accepting article submissions, either academic papers or pastoral considerations, of 3,000-4,000 words, and book reviews or sermons approximately 1,000-2,000 words for review by our editorial staff. Other submission options, such as poems or works of art, will also be secondarily considered. Articles may be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents, with the author’s name and contact information on the title page only, and should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Please e-mail articles to by midnight December 19th, 2014.


Suggested Reading for research and review:

  • Amos Yong, The Bible, Disability, and the Church (2011)
  • Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier , Living Gently in a Violent World (2008)
  • Molly Claire Haslam, A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability: Human Being as Mutuality and Response (2012)
  • Jeremy Schipper, Disability and Isaiah's Suffering Servant (2011)
  • John Swinton, Dementia: Living in the Memories of God (2012)
  • Nancy Eiesland, The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability (1994)

For an extended bibliography of recent studies for research and review, e-mail:


Submissions deadline is December 19th, 2014

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