Autism Is the Calling

In my twenty-five years as an ordained clergy woman, I have often felt that there was something terribly wrong with me; something that kept getting in the way of my fully responding to God’s calling me to ministry. Recently, I went for a diagnosis with a neuro-psychologist and learned that I have Asperger’s Syndrome [Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM V]. Now I understand what I’ve believed was getting in the way of fulfilling God’s call to me: it is my autism. Yet, in my prayers, I feel that God is saying to me that autism is not a barrier to my calling; autism IS my calling!
Being an autistic minister means ministering with and through my autism; not in spite of it.
I’m not totally certain what that means, but I hope to explore it in this blog. What does it mean to be an autistic minister? What added gifts does it bring to serving God? How do I fully be my autistic self, and minister through my full being?
I hope to find some answers through blogging – and hopefully getting some input from readers along the way.


Filed under Autism and Ministry

6 responses to “Autism Is the Calling

  1. I look forward to reading more about your journey and your calling. My wife is just starting her journey into formal ministry. She is not yet diagnosed, but identifies as autistic. Her son (my step son) is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. My father was an ordained minister with a 40 year career. Towards the end of his life, he began to think that he might also be on the Spectrum. I believe that autism brings many gifts which would be very beneficial in the ministry.

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