Would You Wear a crippledJesus Necklace?

crippledJesus necklaceCris and Philip Zimmermann are brothers in Germany, who have started a business called crippledJesus, based on the theological ideas probably best expressed by Teresa of Avila in her poem “Christ Has No Body.”

In this short video, they explain the idea between the cross necklaces they are producing (with the help of handicapped workers) and selling as a way of supporting their missional churches (in Mainz and Frankfurt, respectively):

What do you think of this cross necklace/missional business idea? Would you wear one of these necklaces? Why or why not?

UPDATE: If you haven’t heard the song that Brian McLaren and Tracy Howe Wispeley wrote using the words from Teresa of Avila, you can watch a video on YouTube or just listen to “With Kindness” over at songsforarevolutionofhope.com.

  • http://www.travismamone.net Travis Mamone

    I like it. It reminds me of that crucifix in France. You know, the one that survived the bombing, the one missing the arms and legs? What’s the name of that one?

  • http://julieclawson.com Julie Clawson

    While I like the theological idea that we are the hands and feet of Jesus, this portrayal perpetuates negative stereotypes about differently-abled people – especially in the use of the term “crippled”. Just because I am missing an arm does not make me incapable of functioning and doing things in the world. Letting humanity serve as the hands and feet of Jesus does not diminish or restrict Jesus, it empowers humanity. Instead of focusing on that empowerment and inclusion of all peoples (regardless of physical difference) as image-bearers and servants of God, this project is reinforcing the othering of those with disabilities by casting Jesus as a cripple in need of help from the abled. A good theological idea is ruined by a very poor theology/understanding of disability.

    • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight

      Thanks for posting that here, Julie!


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