That All May Worship-2017
Pathways to Powerful Inclusion
The pathways to develop truly inclusive and integrated congregations are many and varied. Join FIN for our 5th bi-annual That All May Worship Conference to hear some of today’s most visionary voices of the faith and disability movement share important aspects of disability ministry and explore the ways your faith community can best develop their own pathway to ensure “That All May Worship”.
“Show me your ways, O God Teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me, For you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long."-Psalm 25:4
8:00 am-Vendors set up and FIN Clergy Advisory Council Breakfast, guest speaker Rev. Bill Gaventa
8:30 am -FIN Membership Meeting
9:00 am-Opening Worship
9:15 am-Pathways Discussion Panel #1-Beginning Efforts: “How does a faith community start on the path to developing a welcoming, inclusive and integrated faith community?”
10:15 am-Pathways Discussion Panel #2-Supporting Individuals and Families: “What are the pathways that help support individuals and families affected by disability?”
11:15 am-Pathways Discussion Panel #3-Visions for the Future: “What are the new paths and thoughts as disability inclusion efforts in faith communities mature?”
12:00 pm-Networking Luncheon
1:00 pm-Breakout Discussion Groups
2:00 pm-Breakout Discussion Groups
2:45 -3:00 pm Closing
Coming from outside the local area and need hotel accommodations for Wednesday, March 9th? Rooms have been set aside for $109 at the Doubletree Hilton, approximately 10 minutes away by car from the conference location. Call 757-422-8900 and Group Code: FIN and reserve a room by Feb. 28.
Local Guests-Conference Presenters
Laura Robb- "I was born with Arthrogryposis, a physical disability. I have limitations that have always affected my daily life, but I refuse to see these limits as obstacles. I constantly find ways to embrace the story I am living, chasing dreams and overcoming the challenges as they come. As I share my own journey, I hope to encourage others to learn what it means to live...BEYOND YOUR LIMITS."
Laura lives in Virginia Beach and blogs on her site https://www.lauracrobb.com/
Lisa Manyata Olson was saved from euthanasia soon after her birth, rescued by a Christian doctor in India, lived in a mission and later adopted by an American Missionary.
Lisa Olson established Manyata Ministries to deliver God's message of acceptance and love to the nations. Lisa speaks to various groups and appears in the media to share her remarkable life story. Lisa has spoken to churches, retreats, schools, women in prison, wounded soldiers and additional groups. Her life is an amazing example of how God has a purpose for each of us.
Lisa lives in Virginia Beach and teaches at Regent University. You can find info about her ministry at https://www.facebook.com/manyataministries/
Naional Guests-Conference Presenters
Our out of town guest presenters will participate in the morning panel discussions and help lead breakout discussions in the afternoon.
Kathleen Deyer Bolduc, M.A., is a spiritual director, nationally recognized author in the field of disability ministry, and founder of Cloudland, a contemplative retreat center near Oxford, Ohio. Her books contain lessons she has learned in parenting her adult son, Joel, who has autism; inspiring stories of other parents living with disability; and the spiritual disciplines as a framework for daily works of healing and restoration. Her books include The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities (Judson Press) Autism & Alleluias (Judson Press), A Place Called Acceptance: Ministry with Families of Children with Disabilities, and His Name is Joel: Searching for God in a Son’s Disability. www.kathleenbolduc.com
Janice L. Benton, Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), www.ncpd.org Washington, DC, guides initiatives aimed at promoting greater participation of persons with disabilities in the Catholic Church. She frequently speaks at national and diocesan conferences, and as a guest on national Catholic radio. In 2012, Janice received the Harry A. Fagan Award from the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, and the Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation Award from the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, USA. Ms. Benton spoke at the Vatican international symposium on autism, November 2014, and presented two posters at the Vatican Living Fully 2 conference in June 2016.
Rev. Dr. Lorna Bradley, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, received MTS and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from Perkins School of Theology. Her research focuses on how churches can provide a holistic welcome to families raising children with special needs by meeting the emotional and spiritual needs within the entire family. She is the author of Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving, has led parent support groups for seven years and worked in welcoming ministries for ten years. She and her husband of 30+ years have an adult son on the autism spectrum.
Shelly Christensen literally wrote the book on inclusion of people with disabilities, the Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities. She directed the award-winning Minneapolis Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis for 13 years. She is Executive Director of Inclusion Innovations, providing training, organizational and community development, and strategic planning to faith communities. Shelly holds a Master of Arts degree in Developmental Disabilities from the St. Mary’s University.
Shelly is co-founder of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) recognized in February. She is on the advisory board for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Inclusion Learning Center. She is the Inclusion Specialist for the Ruderman-Chabad Inclusion Initiative (RCII), and principal of the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion. Shelly is on the professional advisory board of Faith Inclusion Network (FIN). She is immediate past president of the Religion and Spirituality Division of the AAIDD and was recently recognized as a Fellow (FAAIDD) for her contributions to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Shelly is as sought-after speaker, presenting at national and international conferences including AAIDD, Autism Society of America, Union for Reform Judaism, Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, and World Union for Progressive Judaism.
Shelly and her husband Rick are parents of three adult sons, one of whom lives with a disability. They live in Minneapolis with their Shelties, Penina and Caleb, and are a mere 7 minutes away from their two grandsons, Eli and Isaac. You can reach Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Inclusion Innovations at www.inclusioninovations.com.
Dr. Sarah Kranz-Ciment, PT, DPT is the director of the Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative (RCII) - a 4 year international Initiative to educate and utilize over 4,200 centers to include people with disabilities in every part of Jewish Community Life. Locally in Richmond, VA, Dr. Kranz-Ciment is the founder and director of Friendship Circle of Virginia (FCVA) which is in it's 5th year of programming. FCVA promotes community inclusion by facilitating friendships amongst teenagers and youth in the community. Dr. Kranz-Ciment has a background in early childhood education and received her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Touro College in New York (summa cum laude). She is currently treating children with developmental delay and specializes in infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities in her StepsPT practice in Richmond, VA.
Dr. Kranz-Ciment lives with her husband and three children in Richmond, VA.
Bill Gaventa is currently the Director of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and a consultant, trainer, and speaker. He served as Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School until June 30, 2013. He now lives in Waco, Texas.
In his role at The Boggs Center, Bill worked on community supports, initiatives in cultural competence, aging/end of life issues, supervision of a program in Clinical Pastoral Education, faith community leadership, and inclusive congregational supports. He has been active in initiatives in workforce development, support of direct care staff, self-directed supports, and staff training.
Bill is involved with the following organizations and projects: Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, http://faithanddisability.org/projects/summer-institute/, SITD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theologydisability/ Editor:Gleanings, http://www.aaiddreligion.org/newsletter National Collaborative on Faith and Disability, http://faithanddisability.org Texas Faith Inclusion Network on Disability, http://tcds.edb.utexas.edu/v/page-detail/TxFIND/4o/
Anne Masters, M.A., FAIDD Director of Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities for the Archdiocese of Newark where she works on structures of support at the parish level for the inclusion and participation of individuals with disabilities in the life of the Church. She is also a Fellow of American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and a former President of its Religion and Spirituality Division. She has written and consulted with Our Sunday Visitor on adaptive learning strategies; contributed to the work of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), is currently on its Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and is a member of the Board of Directors for Friendship Ministries. Anne has worked in various areas of pastoral ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern New Jersey, and presents on inclusive catechetical and pastoral practices, including interfaith collaboration, in NJ, the US and Rome (Living Fully 2016 Vatican conference). She is a PhD student in Theology at Vrei Amsterdam University. Her most recent publications are: “An Opportunity for Charity? A Catholic Understanding Disability and Its Impact on Ministry,” Journal of Disability and Religion; Pastoral Ministry WITH Persons WITH Disabilities Parish Resource Guide available from Advocate Publishing Corporation and “Working With Catholics,” Learning to Lead, with Msgr. Richard Arnhols, M.Div. (SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2013).
Jeff McNair, PhD, is the Director of Church Relations for the Joni and Friends, Christian Institute on Disability. Dr. McNair is also a faculty member at California Baptist University where he oversees the Moderate to Severe Education Specialist and the Disabilities Studies MA programs. He has been a professor of special education for 28 years.
Dr. McNair is a regular contributor to journals and magazines and is a sought after speaker on issues of community and social integration through churches and disability ministry. In 2016 he authored three books. Meowoof is teen fiction about the experience of being different. The Church and Disability 2, is a collection of posts from his blog, disabled Christianity, and Lessons from the Light & Power Company Class: The Psalms is curriculum for ministry to adults with intellectual disabilities based upon the book of Psalms.
Jeff and his wife Kathi have been personally involved in ministry to adults with intellectual disabilities since 1974. They currently lead the Light and Power Company, a ministry that includes adults with disabilities at Trinity Church in Redlands, CA.
David Morstad is an advisory board member of the Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads and served with Bethesda Lutheran Communities for over 38 years. He was the founding executive director of the Bethesda Institute and served as its Senior Fellow until 2015.
As a teacher and consultant, Morstad has assisted organizations in the US and several developing nations to advance their faith-based and training initiatives. He is a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and was the 2010 recipient of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Award, presented by the Religion and Spirituality Division of AAIDD. Morstad is a widely published writer of curriculum and resources for adults with developmental disabilities and is a frequent presenter on issues involving disability and faith communities. He currently serves on the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities in Wisconsin and writes at www.LargerTable.com.
Barbara J. Newman is the Church Services Director and Special Education Consultant for CLC Network in Wyoming, Michigan, and a Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Program Affiliate. In 2015, Barbara received the Henri Nouwen Award. She is the author of several books on creating a place of welcome in our congregations for persons with disabilities including “Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship”, “Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities”, “Autism and Your Church”, "El Autismo Y Tu Iglesia,", and “Body Building: Devotions to Celebrate Inclusive Community”. She is a frequent national speaker at conferences and churches. In addition to writing and speaking, Barbara enjoys working in her classroom at Zeeland Christian School.
Jolene Philo is the mother of a son born with life-threatening special needs. In her twenty-five years of teaching experience, she worked with children with special needs in the classroom. She has written several books about caregiving, parenting children with special needs, and special needs inclusion ministry. Jolene speaks at special needs parenting conferences around the country, conducts accreditation workshops for foster and adoptive parents, and trains special needs children’s ministry leaders and volunteers. She and her husband live in Iowa.
Jolene is a prolific author with titles including A Different Dream for My Child, Different Dream Parenting, The Caregiver's Notebook , Every Child Welcome and Does My Child Have PTSD?
Her website, Different Dream Living can be found at www.differentdream.com
Curtis Ramsey-Lucas is the Director of Interfaith Engagement with American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Ramsey-Lucas coordinates the work of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of 33 national religious organizations from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh traditions whose core spiritual values affirm the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. IDAC mobilizes the religious community to take action on disability policy with Congress, the president and administration, and society-at-large. In 2014, he worked with the leadership of the American Psychiatric Association to establish the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership, a collaborative between religious leaders and psychiatrists that is working to reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
Mark Salzer, Ph.D. is professor and founding Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. He is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, a rehabilitation research and training center (RRTC) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Salzer is an internationally-known scholar on community inclusion and has given more than 300 presentations and provided training and technical assistance to more than one hundred programs, agencies, and government organizations.
Mark Stephenson-Mark and Bev Stephenson have six children and one grandchild. Their oldest child, Nicole, was born extremely prematurely and lives joyfully with severe, multiple disabilities. God used Nicole to lead Mark and Bev to the callings they have today. Bev was a German teacher and now teaches special education. Mark was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and served as pastor of two churches for 17 years; in 2006 he began serving the CRC as Director of Disability Concerns ministry, which works closely with the Disability Concerns ministry of the Reformed Church in America.
Milton Tyree’s work is centered on people with disabilities having access to participation in valued aspects of everyday life. A particular area of interest over the last 35 years has been the ongoing struggle around people with disabilities having good employment. His work for the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute focuses on supported employment leadership development. Milt also consults with congregational members and clergy for the Presbyterian Church (USA) about benefits of inclusive faith communities. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Vicky, and daughter, Kaylyn, a University of Louisville student.
Tom Van Wingerden has been involved in Friendship Ministries for more than 20 years as a leader and mentor, and for the last 3 years as Executive Director. His background is in business, having owned his own company for 20 years and having worked in administration at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 14 years.