People with disabilities come from all walks of life, though they are often excluded from the life of the church. Most churches lack the theological, practical, and material resources to welcome a broad array of people with disabilities. Conditions such as autism, Down Syndrome, various physical disabilities, and Alzheimer’s can prevent people from full participation in the Body of Christ. The renewal of the Church is a renewal of faithfulness. This year’s Light the Fire conference will equip clergy and laity to be faithful in ministry with people with disabilities.
Speakers will include Marva Dawn, Bill Gaventa, Barb Newman, Jeremy Schipper, and Mike Slaughter. We will also have breakout sessions on ministry with people who are experiencing PTSD, depression, autism, and Alzheimers/dementia, as well as sessions on setting up a disability-friendly church and establishing recovery ministries.
You can access United's event page for this conference by clicking here.