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Dom Hélder Câmeralecture 2018. Does it make a difference if you read the Bible with a ‘disability’?

Through thematising ‘disability’, the voices of people with a disability can be heard. What does this mean to a Bible interpretation that is conscious of its context? How do the voices of people who are blind, deaf, autistic, or in another way ‘disabled’ point to the one-sidedness in traditional exegesis, and which new perspectives do they enable? Which assumptions about ‘disability’ play a role in Western Bible interpretation and theology, and are they correct?

New insights and Dutch perspectives

Prof. Louise Lawrence is one of the pioneers in the field of Bible interpretation, who takes the context of disability seriously. Limited perspectives are, according to her, an enrichment to Bible interpretation, and a challenge to existing, traditional exegesis. This will be the focus of her lecture, along with examples from practice.

From a Dutch perspective, different people with pastoral and personal experience will respond to the lecture of Prof. Lawrence. These people are Ds. Bettie Woord, a pioneer in Almere-Poort; hands-on expert, D. Wijke Greydanus, pastor and chaplain for people with a disability; and deacon Marcel Broesterhuizen, pastor in the Roman Catholic pastoral care among deaf people.

Language: The lecture and discussion will be in English, with Dutch translation.

Location: PThU hall, in the Protestant Theological University, Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam (VU building).


  • Monday 22 October
  • Walk-in from 7 PM.
  • Start of the programme at 7.30 PM, end of the programme around 9.15 PM.
  • Afterward there is the possibility to continue the conversation, with a drink.

Prior to the lecture, there is the possibility to eat together in the mensa of the VU (open until 7 PM), from 5.30 PM (on your own account). 

Costs and registration

Registration is closed (possible until Thursday 18 October).