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Breaking Whole - Paralysis and the Journey of the Human Spirit


Breaking Whole: Exploring Spirituality Through Conditions of the Body

Paralysis and the Journey of the Human Spirit

The state of one’s body is inherently intertwined with a person’s spiritual identity, and physical conditions can challenge, strengthen, and transform that identity. A star football player entering his freshman year of college was diving for the ball, and when he regained consciousness he was paralyzed from the neck down. Decades later, Ronnie Rubit reflects on his journey of suffering and spiritual formation.

Wednesday, November 14 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm

$20 | Dinner provided


Ronnie D. Rubit

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Ronnie is a native of Liberty, TX, and active in high school athletics having earned All-State honors as a senior tailback on his undefeated football team in 1976, accepting a football scholarship at Lamar University.

Just three months into his freshman season Ronnie was seriously injured in a game. He suffered a high level neck fracture and spinal cord injury which left him paralyzed. After a lengthy hospitalization at TIRR he was discharged home to the care of his family. He later returned to college earning a Bachelor of Science degree and taught high school.

In the years that followed, Ronnie has explored philosophy and numerous religious and spiritual paths in an effort to cope with the crisis presented by such a powerful life event as a spinal cord injury which caused massive upheavals in his young life.   

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