Conversation “Dialogues on faith, disability and inclusion”


Conversation “Dialogues on faith, disability and inclusion”

  • Pastoral UC Youtube channel.
  • Friday 2nd December – 11am
  • Those wishing to participate must register here.

Addressing the inclusion of people with disabilities requires implementing comprehensive public policies and designing strategies with a multidimensional approach.

“Moving towards inclusion is everyone’s job. And to do it effectively you need to include the physical, health, emotional and cognitive aspects and also the strengthening of the spiritual dimension, of faith. This will help us create spaces that aim to achieve the well-being of people with disabilities,” says Cristián Núñez, an academic at the UC Faculty of Theology.

The conversation is an open invitation to organizations and institutions that intervene and develop programs with people with disabilities; in addition to pastoral agents and catechists of the Church; catechists from Catholic schools and universities; catechetical directors of the various dioceses, pastoral vicars and others interested in deepening the matter.

The activity will take place as part of the commemoration of World Disability Day. It is organized by the UC Pastoral Care, the UC Faculty of Theology, the UC Faculty of Educational Sciences, the UC PIANE Students with Special Needs Inclusion Program and the Congregation of Santa Cruz.

The conversation will be attended by prominent exhibitors. Germán López Cortacans, Doctor of Health Sciences and Theology, will refer to the anthropological-theological foundations of people with disabilities as the Image of God; Andrea Vázquez Coordinator of PIane UC, will deal with disability and inclusion in today’s society, particularly in the university context; Msgr. Óscar Hernán Blanco Martínez, OMD, Bishop of Punta Arenas and President of the National Catechetical Commission, will speak about the pastoral orientations of the Church regarding people with disabilities; Rosa Labbé, Coordinator of special catechesis in the Eastern Zone of the Archdiocese of Santiago and member of the National Commission of Catechesis; Rossy Roque, catechist of Holy Mother of Light Parish, Ciudad Guadalupe, Nueva León, Mexico; where you work with people with disabilities, they will deepen catechesis and disability in pastoral practice: realities and challenges.

During the activity different audiovisual resources will be used to allow accessibility to the contents.

Spirituality, disability and inclusion

The conversation was born thanks to the completion of the general training course “Spirituality, Disability and Inclusion”, taught by professors Cristián Núñez of the Faculty of Theology of the UC and Ana Gutiérrez of the Faculty of Education of the UC.

The course, developed in the second semester of 2022, aims, in the perspective of Fundamental Theology and in accordance with the vision of current inclusive education, to deepen the importance of understanding and developing the spiritual dimension of the human being in an inclusive context .

To have a greater impact in the community, the course used the Learning and Service (A+S) teaching methodology, which seeks to have students apply their knowledge in real contexts through services provided to community partners with real and based needs on interdisciplinary work, typical of a general education course integrating students from different UC careers.

Thus, the students joined five community partner organizations working with people with disabilities: the Don Orione Sacramentine Sisters, the Pedro Aguirre Cerda Rehabilitation Institute, the Señora del Rosario de Andacollo Parish Catechesis Group, the Disability Program – San Miguel and the Catechesis Group of the Basilica of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Rehabilitation of people with disabilities may be physical, but if it is not mental, emotional and from our heart, it will ultimately be incomplete. Any process that is done by the physical must also be guided by the spiritual, as this will mobilize us. We have to make sense of this process of rehabilitation and inclusion”, concludes Osvaldo Quezada, 2nd year student of Psychology at UC.

This course intends that students, in addition to valuing spirituality in their lives, become a concrete contribution to society, based on the development of a service project that improves and/or enhances the spiritual development of people in situations of disability. With this, UC is committed to promoting the training of its students in social responsibility, contributing to the development of the country.

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