Workshop April 11 and 12
Building Community Bridges: Conversations on Disability
Even among faith communities committed to social justice, issues around disability can be overlooked. MTSO is offering a workshop to help those communities assess their approaches to welcoming persons with disabilities. “Building Community Bridges: Conversations on Disability” will be held April 11 and 12 on the MTSO campus.
The event opens at 7 p.m. April 11 with a free public lecture, “Practicing What We Preach as Faith Communities: Inclusive Ministries as Expressions of Our Core Vision and Mission,” by William Gaventa, chair of the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability, and director of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability. Gaventa's recently published book, Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness, will be available for purchase at the workshop.
A full-day workshop for registered participants begins the morning of April 12. Tuition is $25 per person. Current MTSO, students, faculty and staff are free. One CEU is offered for a $25 fee. Registration is required. Complete information and registration are available here.
The morning will feature talks by Gaventa and John L. Martin, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, as well as a panel in which self-advocates and family members will speak on their experiences with faith communities. Afternoon breakout session topics include “Best Practices for an Inclusive Worshiping Community” and “Four Problematic Texts: Scripture and Disability.”
“Building Community Bridges” is presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO.