Hello! Welcome to my site. I’m Summer Kinard, an Orthodox Christian, the mother of five autistic children, a tea lover, classically trained soprano, senior editor at Park End Books, and author of inspiring novels and curricula for active learners. I received my Master of Divinity (summa cum laude, 2003) and Master of Theology (2005, early church history and theology) degrees from Duke University Divinity School, where I sat my Master of Theology exam in 2nd through 5th Century theological anthropologies. I’ve taught in churches for decades and currently spend most of my instruction time leading our therapeutic homeschool. My accessibility-focused curricula are based on my real life teaching from the time I was ringleader to dozens of cousins and three younger siblings to my years leading church school kids in learning games to my experience teaching and learning from my own five children.
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I’m going to be releasing some of my fiction works in the coming year in new editions under the pen name, Michelle Barnett, my real life middle names, in order to help people find my disability and theology resources more easily.
I write about the practicalities of autistic and spiritual life on my Facebook page and here on my site. Check out my free printable prayer aids for persons with special needs, such as the visual schedules for the Divine Liturgy and Roman Catholic Mass, which are my most popular downloads.
I have appeared as a guest on podcasts and radio shows and led a workshop on the topic, “Faith You Can Touch: Concrete Thinking as a Model for Evangelism” at the third Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference in June, 2019. Check out the outlines and resources I’ve posted from my recent workshops and talks HERE.
My book, Of Such Is The Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability (Amazon affiliate link), was published in October 2019 from Ancient Faith Publishing. It shows how welcoming families and persons with disabilities as full members of Christ’s Body that is the Orthodox Church is grounded in the heart of God and vital to our salvation.
More important than what I have done is what God has done. I’m grateful to be a witness to the transforming grace of God.
I’m currently working on hands-on, accessible Sunday school curricula so that everyone can learn about the amazing love of God. I am available to lead workshops virtually or in-person (after the pandemic). Contact me through the form below for more information.
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