Call for Presentations

The Call for Abstracts is now closed. However, we are still considering submissions to display posters.

You are invited to submit an Abstract as an expression of interest to make a presentation at this multi-faith conference which is focussed on issues of disability and spirituality.

Abstracts need to be submitted by 10 April, 2016.  ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM

Presentations may include formal papers, posters, personal stories, poetry, or other approaches. Presentations will be allotted within 3 streams as follows:

  • Supports: faith communities/service providers
  • Sacred texts/theological understandings of disability
  • Theological Education/Research

The Conference will draw on the wisdom of all faiths, and will deepen our understanding of the many aspects of disability and spirituality. We are interested in your experience, research, practice, and ideas and knowledge.

The experience of exclusion, and of embrace, occurs at many levels…the social, economic, political, personal and spiritual; within society, between individuals and in faith communities.

We invite presentations which address aspects and experiences as they relate to spirituality and disability. Themes may include liberation, education, bioethics, reconciliation, sexuality, pastoral care, inclusion, love, theological interpretations.

The Conference’s sponsorships and endorsements include the Jewish Christian Muslim Association, Faith Communities Council of Victoria, Spiritual Health Victoria, Spiritual Care Australia, Christian Blind Mission, Victorian Council of Churches, Progressive Christian Network Victoria, Australian Catholic University and the University of Divinity.

As part of the Conference, we are planning to launch and display an Art Exhibition, depicting the conference themes.


 Presentations will be allocated timeslots of 30 minutes duration, including dialogue, unless otherwise requested and agreed. There will be a number of concurrent sessions. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the Conference and it is expected authors will attend their posters at specified times to discuss them with delegates on an informal basis.

Each poster will be allowed an area of 1 metre x 1 metre and can combine both text and graphical information.

An Abstract, or short description, is required for all types of presentations for the Conference program.

Please forward your Abstract, using the  ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM  and email (by 10 April 2016) to:

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and those selected will be in the Conference Program.

All presenters must register as delegates for the conference by 15 July, 2016. Take advantage of the Early Bird rate, open now until 17 June 2016.