Strategies for Congregations to Use in Building Awareness and Commitment Within Congregations

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

As increasing numbers of congregations are starting and strengthening inclusive ministries, resources for doing so are exploding in number and variety. The goal of this webinar is to share some of the best strategies and resources that the presenters have found for building awareness within their own faith communities about people with disabilities and their families to enhance congregational hospitality and welcome. Strategies for building commitment to inclusion across many areas of congregational life will also be shared and discussed. For families and agency professionals, the session will also provide resources and ideas for them to use in working with congregations.


  • Courtney Taylor, M.Div., Associate Director of Communications and Dissemination; Coordinator of Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
  • Shelly Christensen, M.A., Executive Director and Founder, Inclusion Innovations, LLC
  • Lynn Swedberg, M.H.S.A., OTR, Consultant to the DisAbility Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church
  • Suzanne Potts, LMSW, MPH, Interim Executive Director, Autism Society of Greater Austin, Austin Interfaith Inclusion Network


This webinar aired on April 27, 2015.

To download the webinar slides, click here.