The Centre for Intellectual Disability Theology and Ministry is the first of its kind in Ireland and the UK. As an initiative of Belfast Bible College, it will be launched in Belfast on Thursday 19 November 2015.


The Centre is a hub for sharing ideas, skills and practices to inspire and support individuals with intellectual disabilities, families and carers, faith communities and leaders, academics and professionals through Christian learning.  It is a venture that spans the world of disability, education and the church with a potential to impact wider society through a radical Christian perspective on the lives of those who are frequently marginalised.

The Director of the Centre is Dr Ian Dickson (formerly Principal of the College), who heads up an outstanding team of teachers, with expertise as parents and professionals. Through links with Queen’s University Belfast, as a constituent College of the Institute of Theology and the University of Cumbria, teaching and training for students is available, at undergraduate and post-graduate level.  The Centre also offers training events for faith communities.  Courses in accessible theology (taught on campus) are open to adults with intellectual disabilities.  In addition the Centre provides research opportunities in areas of study such as spirituality and intellectual disability, theology and church, inclusion and pastoral care and the history of intellectual disability.

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