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Below is a list of the accepted abstracts for Conference Presentations – these are IN ADDITION to those of the Keynote Speakers listed on the Speakers page. Most of the following presentations will be given in parallel session streams, and delegates will need to choose which to attend, from up to six being given at the same time.
Selections are not required in advance –  you may decide on the day:

(Title of Abstract  –  Primary Presenter ,   Organisation)

1. A Risk-Based, Person Centred Approach to Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Faith Communities – Alice Nicholas and Mr Nathan Despott Inclusion Melbourne


3. Stories of Faith and Disability: A Panel Discussion by Speakers Bank – Mimi Laurilla, Speakers Bank


4.  Making Information Easier to Use and Understand – Nicolina Newcombe, Enabling Good Lives Waikato


5.  Reason, Will, and Theological Anthropology – a Friendly Disagreement with Hans Reinders – Shane Clifton, Alphacrucis College (Dean of Theology)


6.  The Spirit of Disability, My Personal Journey of Discovery – Peter Forell


7.  Grace and Disability: Biblical Models for Inclusive Leadership – Phil Doecke,  RMIT University


8.  Deaf Aware: I Can’t Hear You, BUT I Can See You – Katrina Mynard, John Pierce Centre for Deaf People


9. I Connect With You – Rachel Miers, John Pierce Centre for Deaf People


10.  Disability, Inclusion and Exclusion in the Gospel of John: An Exegetical Study of John 5:1-18 and John 9:1-41 – Louise Gosbell, Mary Andrews College


11. Students with ‘Other Abilities’ in Higher Education: A Trial Program – Karenne Hills, Christian Heritage College


12. Contested Bodies: Anthropology, the Bible, and Dis/ability – Emmanuel Nathan, Australian Catholic University (NSW)


13. Promoting Church Inclusion of Intellectual Disability Across India – Natalie Tan, Nossal Institute for Global health (University of Melbourne)


14.  Outside the ‘Commons of Social Flesh’: Moving Towards a Liberatory Theological Anthropology of Equal Worth and ‘Precarious Vulnerability’ – Mary Caygill, Trinity Methodist Theological College


15.  The Luke14 initiative: Addressing Exclusion in Faith Communities – Rob Nicholls, CBM Australia


16. Part 1/ A Practical Resource that Grew From Experiences of Exclusion – and


16. Part 2/ Learning to Embrace—a Small Group that Dreams Big – Trish Harris, Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network (NZ)


18.  Round Wheels and a Square Pew: a Wheel-Eye View on God, the World, the Church and Me – Mark Grantham


19.  One Body in Christ–  Patricia Mowbray, Australian Catholic Disability Council

20. POSTER presentation– Mrs Patricia Mowbray OAM


21.  Igniting the Fire: Disabled People Creating Church – Vicki Terrell, Disability Faith Community


22. Accepting Us As We Are: Disability, Impairment and Illness Within Faith Communities and Societies – Susan Stork-Finlay, Uniting Church in Australia


23. The Embracing Innkeeper in the Parable of the Good Samaritan – Jayne Clapton, Griffith University


25. Spiritual Rights, Advocacy & Opportunities with NDIS Rollout for People with Disability and Faith Communities – Susan Stork-Finlay, Uniting Church in Australia


27.  Reinterpreting the Healing Narratives in the Light of Progressive Theology – John Smith


28.  Coming to the Front of the Chair: Accepting Vulnerability as a Pathway to Mutually Transformative Relationship with People with Intellectual Disability – Trevor Whitney, Uniting Church, SA


29.  Gifts and Gains: Toward a Disability-Sensitive Reading of Ecclesiastes – Kirk Patston, Sydney Missionary and Bible College


30.  Was Blind and I Still Can’t See: The Impact of the Spiritual Blindness Metaphor on the Physically Blind – Catherine Mahony, Community Disability Alliance Hunter


33.  Championing Change – Diana Cousens, Former Vice-Chair of the Buddhist Council of Victoria.


34.  ‘Can’t I Just Be Me?’ When the Embrace of Goals is an Act of Exclusion – Damian Palmer, Uniting Church in Australia and Charles Sturt University


35.  Reading the Torah (or other Sacred Texts) with a Disability Lens – Melinda Jones  


36.  What Being Jewish Means to Me – Melinda Jones  


37.  Judaism Through 12 Objects of Inclusion: to Sensory Aspects of the Jewish Faith – Melinda Jones  

39. This is My Life: Jewish, Disabled and the Rest – Miss Eli J-R


40.  “They Go Through the Special Door:” The Stigma of Madness in the Jewish Community – S.B. Barak, York University


41.  The Utilisation of Church Networks and Pastors to Lead to Improving Sustainability of Wheelchair Distributions– Nicole Hughes and Dr Nathan Grills


42.  Rhetoric and Actual Substantive Efforts Towards Inclusion of People Living with a Disability: Reflections from a Qualitative Study in the Australian Catholic Church – Zachariah Duke, The Broken Bay Institute


43.  Often It’s Hard to Know What’s the Right Thing to Say or Do – The Everyday Ethics of Providing Support for People With Disability – Keith McVilly, University of Melbourne and David Treanor,National Leader, L’Arche Australia


44.  A mid-term process evaluation of community mobilisation through Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in North India. – Ms Rebekah Young, Final year medical student, The University of Melbourne and Dr Nathan Grills, Public Health Physician, Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne


45.  Creating Sanctuary through the “Felt Sense” in Worship – Inclusion and Justice in Worship – Josephine Snowdon


47.  Aboriginal DreamTime and Western religion/spirituality – Uncle John Baxter. First People’s Disability Network 


48.  Challenges through an Islamic Lens – Saara Sabbagh, Founding Director of Benevolence and Yasser Soliman, Community Elder.


49.   Spirituality: who gives a toss?  Andy Calder