If you’ve read At the Gates, you’ll know that Emily and I have long been involved in a fantastic annual grassroots conference on disability and church – a partnership between Inclusive Church and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. We are disabled-led, resourcing each other and the church from lived experience. And we’re back this October!
Speakers & Workshop Leaders
This year’s fantastic line-up of speakers includes:
Ann Memmott, keynote speaker
Rabbi Julia Watts Belser – workshop on the Jewish tradition & disability justice
Pastor Lamar Hardwick – workshop on intersections of ableism and racism
Khairani Barokka – workshop on poetry, bodyminds and souls
Valour Nicholas on neurodiversity, gender & sexuality
Steph Benstead on disability & poverty
Rev Kate Harford on mental health & sexuality
Revd Zoe Heming, panel chair
Revd Cathy Nightingale and Revd Dean Pusey, storytellers
Castor Bending – workshop on letting justice flow through visual arts
Revd Dr Ellen Loudon – workshop on how to be a disabled activist
And worship led by Revd Dr Alex Clare-Young
(Have you seen this list? I am so excited!)
This Year’s Conference: Summary
“The prophet Amos called for justice to roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. But what happens when injustice seems to prevail?
We explore intersectional experience and how we can help the waters of justice flow in church and the world around us. Through art, story and theology, in talks, small groups, workshops and worship.”
Meeting online via Zoom, with BSL and captions. Recorded talks are shared after the event. Detailed access information will be shared nearer the conference date.
Conference tickets are ‘pay what you can.’ For over a decade, this conference has done incredible things with very little funding. At the same time, they’ve made it possible for disabled people and those living in poverty to get involved, no matter what we can afford. This is a far more radical and inclusive approach than many conferences I’ve been to! It costs £40 for each person to attend the conference, so if you can contribute more, you ‘pay it forward’ for those who can’t.
Looking forward to seeing you there.