Getting Personal with Mary Whittaker

Deepa meets Mary Whittaker to find out how she became Scotland’s first Deaf BSL using minister.

27m 29s

Interview programme (2023).  Mary Whittaker is Scotland’s first ever Deaf BSL using minister, with a parish spread over thousands of square miles.  Her faith is strong, but as a child, she often felt excluded from her local church community and struggled with her spirituality as well as communicating with those around her.  Unable to see a future for herself as a teenager, Mary considered taking her life at one point.  Interviewer Deepa Shastri finds out how Mary overcame this emotionally turbulent start to life and found her place in the world – and within the church.  Produced and directed by Cathy Heffernan; a Drummer TV production for BSLBT.

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