That All May Worship-2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
That All May Worship-2013
“Sharing our Stories, Building our Communities”
A conference to promote awareness, provide support and celebrate the gifts of people with disAbilities in our FAITH communities.
Discounted hotel accommodations available at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1387 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 757-466-7001 ask for Faith Inclusion Network event.
March 14th-"Sharing Our Stories..."
"Amazing Gifts" Evening Program
with special guests, Mark I. Pinsky, author of "Amazing Gifts, Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion",
and contributors to his book, Ms. Caroline McGraw , Monica and Mark Masiko, Pastor Hartmut Kramer-Mills and Karen Jackson
7255 Granby Street, Norfolk 23505
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Coffee, Tea and Kosher Dessert Included
Mr. Pinsky's book, "Amazing Gifts, Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion" will be available to purchase at a discount Thursday evening.
About Mark Pinsky
Longtime religion writer Mark I. Pinsky was a free lance writer before working for 25 years for the Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel. His primary specialties are religion, politics (Sun Belt evangelicals) and popular culture (The Simpsons, Disney, South Park, etc.) "You can find God in the funniest places -- and where you least expect."
Since leaving the Sentinel in 2008, Pinsky has concentrated on books, free lance writing (USA Today, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, etc.), college lectures around the country, and adjunct teaching at the University of Central Florida. He has held numerous fellowships, including Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, University of Cambridge (Templeton) and Duke University Divinity School.
About Caroline McGraw
Caroline McGraw is a would-be childhood paleontologist turned storyteller, digging for treasure in people with autism and intellectual disabilities (and empowering caregivers to do the same).
Caroline blogs about loving and caring for people with disabilities at AWishComeClear.com, serves as a columnist and features writer for AutismAfter16.com, and works as a copywriter for non-profits and small businesses with a special needs support focus. An honors graduate of Vassar College, Caroline currently lives and works in Alabama with her husband.
Her new book, I Was a Stranger to Beauty, will be published by ThinkPiece Publishing as a Kindle Single; the title will be available on January 7th, 2013.
About Monica and Mark Masiko
Mark and Monica live in Virginia Beach, VA, having moved here so Monica could attend Regent University School of Divinity as a graduate student. She is also caregiver to her brother Mark. Monica plans to research, write and teach Disability Studies in American Religion. Monica shares, "We both want everyone, each in their own way, to be encouraged to listen to and learn from one another, we believe everyone has a voice that needs to be heard".
About Pastor Hartmut Kramer-Mills
Pastor Hartmut Kramer-Mills is a native of Jena, Germany. He received his theological education in Germany (Heidelberg and Marburg Universities) and in the United States (M.Div., McCormick Theol. Seminary in Chicago) and holds a doctorate (ThD) with focus in church history. He is a parish minister in the Reformed Church in America and likes historic churches. Having served three previous congregations (two in Germany), Pastor Hartmut started in his current position at First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, NJ in November 2000.
Hartmut feels at home in small church ministry, because it can be intentionally intergenerational. He also values small churches for their potential for "signature activities", as these activities give particular character to ministry. With Hartmut’s leadership, the inclusive ministry of First Reformed Church developed into a signature activity of several years.
March 15th- "...Building our Communities"
Keynote address, breakout sessions and networking luncheon
Tabernacle Church of Norfolk
7000 Granby Street, Norfolk, 23505
Our keynote address on Friday morning will be given by Dr. Jeff McNair, Director of Public Policy Center at Joni and Friends Christion Institute on Disability and faculty member at California Baptist University.
Dr. McNair has been a professor of Special Education for 20 years and contributes regularly to journals on faith and disability issues. He is a highly sought out speaker on issues of community and social integration through churches and disability ministry.
He was founding president of the National Association of Christians in Special Education and just ended his term as President of the Religion on Spirituality Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities this past June. Dr. McNair is the 2010 recipient of the Christian Service Award from Bethesda Lutheran Communities.
Jeff and his wife Kathi have been personally involved in ministry to adults with intellectual disabilities for nearly 30 years. He currently leads the Light and Power Company, a ministry that includes adults with disabilities at Trinity Church in Redlands, CA.
Friday, March 15th Conference Schedule
8:00 am Check in- Visit Displays
9:00 am Welcome and Keynote Address, Dr. Jeff McNair
10:15 am Break- Visit Displays, Visit "Author's Corner" at conference bookstore
11:00 am Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm Networking Lunch and Closing
1. “Sharing Your Story”, John Koehler, founder and owner of Koehler Books Publishing http://www.koehlerbooks.com/ and an author himself, lives in Virginia Beach. He will lead this session for first time authors looking to get started in writing about their life experiences, especially those who experience or walk along side persons with disabilities. John himself has bipolar disorder and has written a candid book about it called "Bipolar by Koehler" http://www.koehlerbooks.com/books/bipolar-by-koehler/
2. Friendship Ministries, http://www.friendship.org/ Carol and Ralph Honderd join us from Grand Rapids, Michigan to share about Friendship Ministries, an organization that “ exists to help churches and organizations around the world share God’s love with people who have intellectual disabilities”. Their second trip to Norfolk for a FIN event, Ralph and Carol will share with us their experiences working with adults with intellectual disabilities in a faith based setting.
And an interesting connection; Friendship Ministries and their current director, Nella Uitvlugt are featured in chapter 15- "The Gift of Friendship" of Mark Pinsky's book, Amazing Gifts.
3. Special Hope Network, http://specialhopenetwork.com/ Special Hope Network has been affiliated with FIN for two years now and are represented at our FIN conference for the second time. In addition to supporting Special Hope Network by featuring them prominently on our website, FIN has continued to stay connected to Special Hope Network with their appointment of Karen Jackson to their board of advisors. Special Hope Network's mission is to help get services and care for children with special needs in Africa. Founded by Eric and Holly Nelson, who now live in Africa with their family of five, the organization is based in Charlottesville, VA.
4. L’Arche Communities, http://www.larcheusa.org/ Caroline McGraw (speaking Thursday evening as well) will lead a session about what the L’Arche community is about and share some of her experiences. You can learn more about Caroline at http://www.carolinemcgraw.com/
5. Disability Navigator http://www.virginianavigator.org/dn/disability-navigator-home-page - This is a VA state-wide resource listing which also assists people in finding disability resources. Kim Tarantino, Director of Disability Navigator will facilitate this session, sharing how best to use this resource and what kinds of resources are available in VA. A great session for those looking to support families in their faith communities.
6. Joni and Friends Ministry, http://www.joniandfriends.org/ Chris Hillisheim, Director of the Charlotte, NC Joni and Friends Ministry will share about the wonderful, mulitfaceted work of this international Christian ministry.
During the break visit the many authors of books on topics of faith and disability. They will be available in the conference bookstore area to talk with participants and sign books. Their books as well as others will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore.
Dr. Rosemarie Hughes (S. Cooke), (FIN board member), "Parenting a Child with Special Needs"
Dr. Amos Yong, (FIN board advisor) "The Bible, Disability and the Church"
Dr. Bejamin Connor, "Amplifying our Witness"
Dr. Jeff McNair, "The Church and Disability"
Mr. Mark Pinsky, "Amazing Gifts, Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion"
Mr. John Koehler, "Bipolar by Koehler", "Benjamin: the Road to Capernaum", "My Inflatable Heart", "Case of the Russian Maids" and "Billy Blue Sky"
Ms. Caroline McGraw, "Love's Subversive Stance", "I Was a Stranger to Beauty"
Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities
Gold Level Sponsor: $300 Includes one full page ad in program, vendor booth on Friday, listing on FIN website, 4 registrations (both days) and reserved seating
Silver Level Sponsor: $200 Includes a half page ad in the program, vendor booth on Friday, listing on FIN website, 3 registrations (both days)
Bronze Level Sponsor: $100 Includes a quarter page ad in the program, a vendor booth on Friday, listing on FIN website, and 2 registrations (both days)
Vendor: $50 Includes vendor booth on Friday, line listing in the program and lunch.
Please contact Karen Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a sponsorship/vendor form, get tax ID if needed and to send jpeg format photo of logo for our program.
Both conference sites are wheelchair accessible and will have C.A.R.T. and an ASL Interpreter provided. Please contact host if you are in need of other accommodations.
When & Where
March 14th Thursday Evening Program @ Temple Israel - 7255 Granby St. Norfolk March 15th Friday @ Tabernacle Church of Norfolk - 7000 Granby St. Norfolk
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM (EDT)
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