In The Pastoral Voice of Robert Perske Bill Gaventa writes about Robert (Bob):
"It's only in community that you will hear singing" --John McKnight
At the recent Summer Institute on Theology and Disability Bill Gaventa made some suggestions on what the songs of the disability and religion movement might be:
He has been riding with a number of the self-advocates at the conference in the proverbial agency van, and realized how intently they were singing along to some of John Denver's songs about country, freedom, and home. Bob simply noted that if we were part of a disability movement in this country, it was the first movement that had not had a song.
For me, that question, "What's our song?", became a metaphor for talking about the importance of reclaiming spirit and emotion in professionals, for hearing the voices of the artists, the musicians, and humanities in the world of disability, and for finding new ways to respect and honor the soul of the movement.