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 people with disabilities is a good idea. Wouldn’t it be a natural consequence of their beliefs?
CBM, through its Luke14 initiative, has been partnering with churches around Australia for the last seven years to address the issue of exclusion of people with disabilities in the Australian church.
Responses have ranged from an open-hearted welcome with a realisation that unintended exclusion has occurred with claims like “all people are welcome here”. To outright rejection on the basis that “this isn’t our priority here”.
This paper attempts to open up the deeper issues behind exclusion in faith communities and clear the way for a more honest address of our attitudes towards people who live with disabilities and their families.