Jason Reimer Greig is a doctoral candidate in theology and ethics at the VU Free University of Amsterdam. His main research interests center around how the perspective and experience of (intellectual) disability might inform the Christian theological imagination. Other themes in his work concern ecclesiology, sacramental practices, the thought of Jean Vanier and the communities of L'Arche, philosophies and theologies of time and their relation to a Christian political economy, and bioethics. Jason's dissertation understands the work of Jean Vanier and the communities of L'Arche as potential inspirations for a renewed peace church theology, offering a communal process for personal and societal transformative peacemaking. Before beginning his graduate studies, Jason lived for 11 years in two Canadian L'Arche communities. He is a graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary where he wrote a masters thesis that was subsequently expanded and published with Georgetown University Press as Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L'Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship. Jason lives in Kitchener with his wife Elisabeth and two sons, Lukas and Jonas.
PhD, VU Free University of Amsterdam, expected 2018
MDiv, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2013
Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L’Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2015.
“Shalom Made Strange: A Peace Church Theology for and with People with Intellectual Disabilities.” The Conrad Grebel Review 32, no. 1 (Winter 2014): 24-43.
“Striving for Dependence: Towards an Alternative Mennonite Identity in Late Modernity.” Anabaptist Witness 1, no. 1 (Oct. 2014): 37-59.
“’Let the Children (With Down Syndrome) Come to Me’: God’s Shalom and the Radical Hospitality of the Church.” Journal of Disability and Religion 19, no. 1 (Jan-Mar 2015): 50-65.
“’Do You Not Know that Your Bodies are Members of Christ?’: Towards a Christian Body Politics and the Cultural Practice of Cosmetic Surgery.” Studies in Christian Ethics 30, no.4 (Nov 2017): 407-428.
“’The Slow Journey towards Beatitude: Disability in LArche, and Staying Human in High-Speed Society.” Journal of Moral Theology 6, special issue no. 2 (2017): 180-205.
Selected Conference Presentations
“Striving for Dependence: Towards an Alternative Mennonite Identity in Late Modernity.” Paper presented at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 30-June 1, 2014.
“Living under the Authority of Christ: A Comparison of Jean Vanier and John Howard Yoder on (the) Power(s).” Paper presented at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference, Elkhart, Indiana, June 2-4, 2016.
“Geduld in High-Speed Gesellschaft: Einblicke von Jean Vanier und L’Arche uber das Abendmahl als eschatologisches Fest der Versöhnung.“ (“Practicing Patience in High-Speed Society: Insights from Jean Vanier and L’Arche on the Lord’s Supper as Eschatological Feast of Reconciliation.“) Presentation at Formatio Mennonitica Blockseminar: Abendmahl – als Sakrament der Versöhnung, Hamburg, Germany, June 17-18, 2016.
“Unintended Reformers: L’Arche, Christian Unity, and the Living Tradition of Footwashing.” Paper presented at the Living Traditions Symposium: 500 Years of Re-Forming Christianity, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 13-15, 2017.