North Park Theological Seminary and North Park University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host its fourth biennial faith and health symposium, “Accessible to All? A Faithful Response to Disabilities,” on November 6. The gathering will occur online.
Symposium co-director Renee Nicholas says, “We invite people to imagine how the well-being of everyone in the church could be strengthened by being fully welcoming to persons of all abilities. We ask the questions of how churches could have ministries for differently-abled people and also welcome their gifts to the benefit of the whole kingdom of God.” She adds, “If the church is really going to be a reflection of God’s love for all people, it needs to be the place that is the most welcoming and the most accessible.”
Discussion topics will include the church’s unique challenges and opportunities in engaging those with disabilities as well as the opportunities for congregations and healthcare professionals to collaborate and respond faithfully to the challenge of disabilities in order to do together what neither can do alone.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Benjamin Conner, professor of practical theology and director of the graduate certificate in disability and ministry at Western Theological Seminary, will address those issues in his talk, “Ways We Witness: Disability and the Mission of the Church.” The symposium features topics and guests for clergy, church and community leaders, and healthcare professionals.
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