From Isolation to Invitation: On Disabilities

From Isolation to Invitation: On Disabilities February 3, 2019

For too long, people with disabilities have been isolated in communities in the church and our culture at large. An upcoming conference in Portland, Oregon will provide a venue to help inform people who are unaware of the many issues involved, and to give a platform and venue for those already involved to move from isolation to invitation within the church and broader culture. Join The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins for our upcoming conference “From Isolation to Invitation: A Conference on Disabilities” on March 16th at Multnomah University and Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. The conference is made possible in part by a generous sponsorship from the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation.

Our conference aims to:

1. Provide a biblical-theological basis for overcoming isolation and promoting inclusion for people with disabilities.

2. Introduce people to pressing issues concerning disabilities in the home, church, and society.

3. Address the isolation of families and individuals with disabilities while highlighting resources, people, and/or institutions that address such needs.

4. Highlight important policy initiatives pertaining to disabilities.

5. Bring like-minded people together for mutual encouragement and networking opportunities.

6. Address various ways churches, organizations and community members can effectively engage in ministry with people with special needs and resources that can aid in this endeavor.

We hope you can join us!

Here is the schedule for the day:

8:00 am – Check-in and Registration Open

9:00 am – Welcome and Introduction

9:30 am – Theological Assessment of Disabilities: Ruben Alvarado (Associate Pastor, Imago Dei Community, PDX) and Mona Fuerstenau (Director of Ministry Partnerships, Bethesda Lutheran Communities)

10:20 am (Break)

10:30 am – Legal Assessment and Advocacy: Christy Martin (Associate Dean of Student Success, Multnomah University) and Ian Jaquiss (Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department, Oregon Health and Science University)

11:30 am – LUNCH with Speakers

1:00 pm – Self and Inter-Personal Assessment of Disabilities: Steve Hanamura (Founder, Hanamura Consulting) and Robert Lyman Potter (Former Medical Doctor and Emeritus Chair of Bioethics at Oregon Health and Science University)

1:50 pm – (Break)

2:00 pm – Ecclesial Assessment: Thomas R Schiave (Lead Pastor, Gateway Baptist Church) and Gaby Viesca (Pastor of Women and Communications, Cedar Mill Bible Church)

2:50 pm – (Break)

3:00 pm – Relational Assessment: Heather Stenberg (Executive Director, Stephen’s Place) Susan Garlinger (Pastor, Salem Alliance), Adam McInturf (Reprint Acquisitions Editor, Wipf and Stock Publishers) and Rebecca Nakasone (Ambassador with the Residential Ombudsman Office Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities)

3:50 pm – (Break)

4:00 pm – Networking Assessment: Trudi Sang (Masters of Education in Special Education, Masters in Theological Studies) and Loren Sickles (Special Education Para-educator, Evergreen Public Schools)

 For more information, go to the conference event page at Facebook.

Here is New Wine Advisory Council Member, Multnomah Biblical Seminary alum, and conference co-organizer Trudi Sang inviting you to “From Isolation to Invitation: A Conference on Disabilities”!

New Wine Advisory Council Member and Multnomah Biblical Seminary alumni Trudi Sang wants to invite you to our upcoming conference this March 16th – "From Isolation to Invitation: A Conference on Disabilities"!Head here for tickets, and be sure to use the code EARLYBIRD for a 20% discount! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-isolation-to-invitation-a-conference-on-disabilities-tickets-54777840997

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