Sharon Betcher’s Inaugural Lecture

Sunday, May 08 VST was delighted to welcome The Reverend Dr. Sharon Betcher to the rank of full professor. Sharon’s promotion was celebrated through the event of her inaugural lecture. Weaving strands of thought between the genres of constructive theology, pneumatology and disability studies, Sharon gave a fascinating lecture on the idea of Spirit as prosthesis. With her usual breath-taking creativity, Dr. Betcher wove a poetic ode to the possible at the intersection of Spirit and corporality. This lecture provided an opportunity for the gathered crowd to hear Sharon’s thinking across the range of her academic work, noting her doctoral thesis which worked in pneumatology and her recent seminal thinking in the area of disability studies (Spirit and the Politics of Disablement; Fortress, 2007)