This dynamic webinar series explores a variety of topics related to disabilities and the church. Register for one webinar or the whole series! All webinars begin at 7 p.m. ET on their respective dates. Cost: $9.99 for one webinar or $39.99 for the whole series.


Rabia Khedr

Topic: Let’s Talk Disability and Diversity
Date: October 9, 2018

Background: Currently appointed as an Ontario Human Rights Commissioner, Rabia is a founder of the Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities and CEO of DEEN Support Services. Rabia provides training, research, and consulting services on accessibility, equity, and inclusion for numerous organizations. In 2012, Rabia was recognized for her leadership and community contributions with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is a married mother of four who happens to be blind.

Tom Reynolds

Topic: Exploring Theologies of Disabilities
Date: November 13, 2018

Background: Tom is Vice Principal and Associate Professor of Theology at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. He is currently working on a monograph entitled Remembering Ourselves Differently: Theology in a Pluralist and Global Era, which explores the way memory, tradition, and the witness of faith are transformed in pluralistic and globalizing contexts.

Miriam Spies

Topic: Supporting Youth with Disabilities as Disciples of Jesus
Date: January 8, 2019

Background: Miriam Spies works with the Christian Reformed Church in North America as the Volunteer and Communications Specialist for Disability Concerns and Safe Church, focusing on disability advocacy, abuse policies, and creating safe spaces. She is also a member of the World Council of Churches’ Central Committee. Miriam recently served as the Families and Young Adults Minister at St. Paul’s United Church, Dundas, ON. She lives with cerebral palsy.

Sharon Ballantyne

Topic: Beyond the Ramp: Creating Accessible Congregations
Date: February 5, 2019

Background: In 2016, Sharon accepted the call Dunsford United Church, a rural pastoral charge about two hours east of Toronto. She has a PhD in pastoral care and counselling psychology and is a Spiritual Director, trained through Jubilee. She has served on the Equity Committee of the United Church’s Bay of Quine Conference since 2015. In 2018, Sharon received a McGeachy Senior Scholarship to further her learning on equity in the United Church. She was one of the Intercultural Observers at General Council 43.

Kathleen James-Cavan

Topic: A Field Guide to Ableism
Date: March 12, 2019

Background: A bi-vocational minister in the United Church serving a rural congregation in Saskatchewan, Kathleen James-Cavan also teaches English Literature at the University of Saskatchewan, with a focus on feminism and disability studies. She lives with a progressive mobility impairment. Since the 1990s, she has served in both lay and ordained capacities in all councils of the United Church.

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