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Tribute to the late Rev Canon Dr Christopher Newell AM (1964–2008)

A feature of the conference will be a tribute to the late Rev Dr Christopher Newell AM. Christopher was a visionary social activist and disability advocate widely published across fields including ethics, telecommunications, pastoral care and spirituality. Christopher contributed substantially … Continue reading

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Deaf Aware: I Can’t Hear You, BUT I Can See You

Mrs Katrina Mynard is a Pastoral worker at the John Pierce Centre, Melbourne. She’ll be presenting at our conference on the topic ‘Deaf Aware: I Can’t Hear You, BUT I Can See You’. We need empathy not sympathy. How can your … Continue reading

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Shelley Knoll-Miller will be joining us

                               Shelley will be joining us for two days at our Exclusion and Embrace conference.  She’ll be kept busy pencilling cartoons based on the interactions she observes and these will be shown on the screen. Shelley is a cartoonist and illustrator who … Continue reading

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The Luke14 initiative

Rob Nicholls is one of the presenters at the Exclusion and Embrace conference this year. He’ll be discussing the ‘The Luke14 initiative: addressing exclusion in faith communities’. He’ll be looking at why it would be necessary to convince church communities that including … Continue reading

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Dr. Samuel Kabue will join us at the conference

We are extremely excited to announce that Dr. Samuel Kabue will be joining us at our conference this year. In his working life he has served the church and society in various capacities including as a teacher, lecturer, trainer, manager, consultant, … Continue reading

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A sneak peek at ‘Defiant Lives’

We are delighted that Sarah Barton, Producer of the much anticipated film about the history of the disability rights movement, ‘Defiant Lives’,  has agreed to speak about the film and show a sneak peek of the movie at our conference. For … Continue reading

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Accepting us as we are

Ms Susan Stork-Finlay will be speaking at the Exclusion and Embrace conference this year.  We are delighted to have her present on the topic ‘Accepting Us As We Are: Disability, Impairment and Illness Within Faith Communities and Societies’. Ms Susan Stork-Finlay … Continue reading

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I Connect with you

Rachel Miers, Executive Manager at the John Pierce Centre for Deaf People will be presenting at the Exclusion and Embrace conference.  Her topic, ‘I Connect With You’ is based on the IConnect project being undertaken at the John Pierce Centre. With … Continue reading

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Free book offer

All those attending the Exclusion and Embrace conference this year will receive a free book written by Barbara Newman entitled The Accessible Gospel-Inclusive Worship. Barbara Newman has contributed to over 20 books on disability, ministry and inclusion. This is a … Continue reading

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Meet Saara Sabbagh

As a Muslim community leader and educator Saara Sabbagh is critically engaging her community on what it means to be an Australian Muslim in today’s world. A visionary voice within the Muslim community, Saara is a dynamic public speaker and … Continue reading

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