Miriam Spies

I am currently a PhD student in theology at Emmanuel College in Toronto Ontario. I am also the co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health, and Disability. My studies focus on disability ministry and leadership - particularly how the church can make space for and encourage ministry by people with disabilities - not only to or with people with disabilities. I was ordained five years ago and have served in United Church congregations. I am also very engaged in ecumenical life serving on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches since 2013 and involved with the Student Christian Movement as well as the World Student Christian Federation. For one year I also served the Christian Reformed Church supporting Disability Concerns and Safe Church Ministry. I was born with Cerebral Palsy that has greatly shaped my life and my ministry. For many years disability advocacy wasn't my #1 priority - I was more interested in LGBTQ2S* movements justice for Palestine/Israel etc. However as I faced difficulty finding paid positions it has become more important - and an area that is challenging and exciting to be a part of. My immediate family who I'm very close to all live in Hamilton. They are my strongest supporters along with a number of close friends.

Fri 4:00pm - 4:50pm Disabled and Queer: Beloved People of God Convo 01
Sat 2:00pm - 2:50pm Disabled and Queer: Beloved People of God Convo 02
Fri 1:00pm - 1:50pm Leadership of PWD in Liturgies Portal