The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability is committed to breaking new ground at the intersection of theology and m ental health, exploring disability using an interfaith theological lens. Our priorities include publishing work by people with lived experience of mental illness and other disabilities, especially student work. We want to create a space where we can ask questions that are important for people of faith who are living with mental illness and disabilities, while honouring those who have come before us as we are listening to new voices in the field. Part of why we wanted to launch this journal was because we wanted to explore ways disabled and mad people can shape conversations in faith communities and in society. We will be exploring issues such as these from multiple faith perspectives. We also wanted to create a space where academics can “loosen their ties” and submit creative work that reflects upon their lived experience of mental distress and disabilities. We also acknowledge that more people are living with mental health diagnoses than ever before. Up to present day, some faith communities often caused more harm than good in the lives of people experiencing mental distress. People with lived experience of mental illness and other disabilities are made to feel that they are “broken” and need to be “cured” according to the existing treatments, many harmful, that are prioritized by the medical model. These are themes we hope to expose and explore in the journal. Most of the work in the first issue of the journal relates to the ableist and racist impacts of Covid-19 on people with lived experiences of mental distress and disabilities, and on people in BIPOC communities. These categories are not mutually exclusive and we hope to present an intersectional approach as we consider these issues largely within a Canadian context. We then move more broadly into wider mental health/disability topics in the issue. Here is a link to our journal page where the first issue has been published: https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjtmhd/index
The podcast is hosted by Amy Panton and Miriam Spies, the Editors of the Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability. We are Mad and Crip theologians (aka theology nerds) who love talking with people! Join us as we sit down to chat with theologians, artists, activists, writers and members of the mad/disabled community who are doing important work in Canada and around the world. This podcast is an opportunity to model how faith communities can engage in theological and spiritual conversations around madness and cripness. On the first episode of the Mad and Crip Theology podcast we talk to Professor HyeRan Kim-Cragg, PhD student Elizabeth Mohler and Rev. Alexa Gilmour. We discuss their writings in the first issue of the Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability, as well as their work in theology and the disability community more broadly. HyeRan’s piece in the first issue is a sermon on mental health and racism entitled “Stings Like a Sunburn: A Sermon for Emmanuel College During the Covid-19 Pandemic” which reflects upon racism in Canadian society and the mistreatment of migrant workers within Canada during the pandemic. Elizabeth and Alexa’s piece “Coronavirus and the Ability to Love Your Neighbour” tells the story of Neighbours Helping Neighbours at Windermere United Church in Toronto. Here is a link to our podcast: https://themadandcriptheologypodcast.buzzsprout.com/ listeners can also access the podcast on our YouTube page if they prefer here (it has closed captions): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRUW9z5hoqP_WK74hg3N8b Our podcast will periodically be released featuring authors and people who are doing important work in the mad/disability field.