Congregational Strategies for Reaching Out to Agencies and Working With Them to Identify and Honor Spiritual Supports and Enable Inclusion and Ongoing Participation

Date:Monday, March 30, 2015

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

Following the first two sessions on honoring and acting on the spiritual needs and interests of people served and supported by provider agencies and some strategies for connecting with congregations, the series now moves to the faith community side of the partnership. This third webinar will explore ways that congregations and others in faith communities involved in inclusive faith supports have reached out to agencies in their own communities. What can provider agencies do best, from the perspective of faith community leaders? With Shelly Christensen, one of the leaders in Jewish inclusion initiatives as the moderator, three others will come from the perspectives of building an interfaith, interagency coalition (Virginia Beach/Norfolk), the perspective of a single congregation (First Presbyterian, Birmingham, MI), and initiatives within the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. to connect and collaborate with providers.


  • Shelly Christensen, M.A., Executive Director and Founder, Inclusion Innovations, LLC
  • Karen Jackson, M.A., Founder and Director, Faith Inclusion Network
  • Cindy Merten, M.A., Director of Christian Education & All Abilities Inclusion Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham and Co-Moderator of Presbyterians for Disability Concerns
  • Mary O’Meara, Executive Board Member, International Catholic Foundation for the Service of Deaf Persons; Executive Director, Department of Special Needs Ministries, Archdiocese of Washington
  • Peg Kolm, Coordinator of the Office of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Special Needs Ministries, Archdiocese of Washington

This webinar aired on March 30, 2015.

To download the webinar slides, click here.