Local conference for people with disabilities and their families

by | Mar 1, 2013 | What’s Happening

Thursday, March 14, 7–9pm, and Friday, March 15, 8am–1pm

With the goal of promoting awareness, providing support, and celebrating the gifts of people with disabilities in all faith communities, the conference, “That all May Worship-2013: Sharing Our Stories, Building Our Communities” targets advocates, service providers, religious leaders, educators, clergy, people with disabilities and their family members, special education teachers, and disability specialists.

Presented by the Faith Inclusion Network of South Hampton Roads, an organization that supports people with disabilities within faith communities, the conference will kick off with author and speaker, Mark Pinsky. A Jewish man who has written several books and articles including, “Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disabilities, and Inclusion, The Gospel According to the Simpsons, and A Jew Among the Evangelicals, Pinsky will be the keynote speaker on March 14, at Temple Israel in Norfolk. This program is cosponsored by Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc. The program on March 15 will feature Dr. Jeff McNair, who will speak about issues of community and social integration through religious organizations. This program will take place at Tabernacle Church of Norfolk.

Pre-registration is required for the conference, along with a small fee. Registration and a full conference brochure are available online at http://thatallmayworship.eventbrite.com.

Contact Emily Bettendorf, special needs case manager, at Jewish Family Service at 757-459-4640 or EBettendorf@jfshamptonroads.org for more information.