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Tiō - The Centre for Intellectual Disability Theology and Minstry

VISION

The vision of Tiō is a world where church and society are enriched by the full and appropriate inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

tiō – ‘…to intentionally honour, to lift up, to advance’ (1 Corinthians 12.22-26)

 

MISSION

The mission of Tiō is to engage with people with disabilities, particularly intellectual disability, their families and faith communities in delivering high quality teaching, training and events across a range of theological formats. We do this by promoting disability theology and ministry and encouraging the participation of people with and without intellectual disabilities.

The Centre for Intellectual Disability Theology and Ministry (Tiō) is based on our Belfast campus and run by a small core team.

The Centre contributes to the College’s overarching purpose by making learning assessable to all kinds of students, by integrating spiritual academic and experiential learning and by resourcing the church locally and globally for the mission of God.

Tiō was launched in Belfast on 19 November 2015. 

 

AIM

We connect.

Our aim is to bring academics and practitioners, families and faith communities, individuals and organisations together – locally and globally

We teach.

Our aim is to increase opportunities at all levels for theological, spiritual and experiential learning relating to disability.

We research.

Our aim is to contribute to scholarship as an agent of change.

We advocate.

Our aim is to promote theological perspectives on disability to impact Church and society

 
TEAM

Tiō is run by a small core team comprising a part-time Director and Administrator (both BBC staff) and 5 volunteers. Individually and collectively, they bring a wealth of personal experience and professional expertise to their teaching, supervision and training.  

Dr J N Ian Dickson, Director

Beverly Graham, Administrator

Dr Ivan Bankhead

Dr Paul Coulter

Dr Jill Harshaw

Donna Jennings

Rachael Mackarel

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Studying God Together Programme

Accessible theology courses for adults with intellectual disabilities

These innovative and interactive courses are designed and delivered by Rachael Mackarel and her Team on campus. Currently, there are two 6 week courses, one in each term (Oct-Dec and Feb-March) running on Friday mornings (9.30-12.30).

 

Enriching Church and Society Training Conferences

The Team have designed a half-day Training Conference to assist faith communities, leaders and individuals working in disability ministry to think through - theologically and practically - meaningful and appropriate inclusion and support of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. These events are hosted by churches, faith communities and/or organisations with the Centre providing the programme and content. 

See our Events page and to request further information see our Contacts page

 

Graduate Studies

Master of Theology - MTh studies (with a Disability Theology and Ministry pathway) 

Master of Philosophy - MPhil studies (Supervision at BBC)

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD studies (Supervision at BBC)

All our graduate programmes are offered through Queens University Belfast. BBC is a Consituent College of the Institute of Theology at QUB.    

To request further information or request an informal conversation about possibilities see our Contacts page

 
EVENTS

 

CONFERENCE 2016 - HONOUR THE INDISPENSIBLE

10-11 June 2016

BBC Campus 

Keynote Speaker - Jeff McNair, Professor of Special Education, California

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS - 16 January 2016

 

ENRICHING CHURCH AND SOCIETY TRAINING CONFERENCES

Holywood

Saturday 30 January 2016

9,30-1,30pm 

Venue: 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church

Portstewart

Saturday 27 January 2016

9.30-1,30pm

Venue: Portstewart Baptist Church

 

TIO OPEN LEARNING COURSE at QUEEN's UNIVERSITY BELFAST 

5 week course beginning Thursday 28 May 2016 

7.00-9.00pm

Details from QUB Lifelong Learning 

 
RESEARCH
 
Key Themes
 
Disability Theology and Ministry
 
Spiritual Development and Intellectual Disability
 
The History of Intellectual Disability
 
Spirituality and Profound Disability
 
Families and Siblings
 
Church and Learning Disability
 
Using the Bible wirh People with Intellectual Disabilities and Learning Difficulties
 
Eugenics - Bio-ethics
 
LINKS

As part of our vision and mission is to contribute to an interdisciplinary approach to disability, we are keen to establish links and partnerships with other institutions, centres, organisations and faith communities.

Currently we have established links with:

Prospects (Ireland and UK)

The Disability Research Network (Queens University Belfast)

Christian Institute on Disability (California, USA)

 
CONTACTS 
 
Please contact us for further information...  
 
tio@belfastbiblecollege.com
 
Dr Ian Dickson (Director)
idickson@belfastbiblecollege.com
 
Beverley Graham (Administrator)
bgraham@belfastbiblecollege.com
 
www.belfastbiblecollege.com/tio