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Kennedy Center to host Faith and Disabilities Community Conversations

by Feb. 11, 2016, 4:59 PM

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Disabilities and Religion program is hosting community conversations in Davidson and Williamson counties to brainstorm with key stakeholders about increasing opportunities for meaningful participation for people with disabilities and their families in communities of faith.

For many people, faith community involvement is at the foundation of their spiritual and emotional well-being. This is no different for people with disabilities. However, people with disabilities and their families often encounter unique obstacles in finding a faith community and in participating fully in all aspects of congregational life.

At our Community Conversations in Davidson and Williamson counties, we will bring together congregation staff, religious educators, disability ministry volunteers, worship leaders, families, people with disabilities, residential providers, disability organizations and interested others to identify and prioritize community needs. We will talk about steps we might take in Nashville to ensure our friends and neighbors with disabilities can participate in all aspects of congregational life.

Please join the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for coffee, dessert and conversation at:

Davidson County

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Ave., Nashville, TN, 37205
Feb. 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

Williamson County

Franklin First United Methodist Church, 120 Aldersgate Way, Franklin, TN, 37069
March 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

Both events are free; however, registration before the event is required. You can register by calling Courtney Taylor at (615) 322-5658, emailing her, or by going online here.

Plan to continue the conversation at the TASH Regional Conference, “Faith and Flourishing: Embracing Inclusion for People with Disabilities, Their Families and Congregations,” in Nashville on April 22. Read more here.

Learn more about the national faith and disabilities movement here.

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