CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:    May 15, 2014 Conference Brochure and Registration Information

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A SPONSOR OR VENDOR AT THE CONFERENCE, email InterfaithDisabilitiesofOregon@gmail.com    Please note that space is extremely limited.

The Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon is pleased to announce its next major conference, “Beyond the Ramp 2014:  Treat Me as a Member, Not a Mission,”  to be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Concordia University.  This will be our second Interfaith Conference for Clergy, People with Disabilities, Educators, Families of People with Disabilities, Lay Leaders, Professional Service Providers, and others interested in providing a welcoming and fully inclusive religious environment for people with disabilities. The keynote speaker is William Gaventa, MDiv.,  on From Mission to Member to Mission: Everyone’s Got a Call.  Bill is coordinator of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, Associate Editor of Intellectual and Development Disabilities and former editor of the Journal of Religion Disability, and Health.   We will also have 8 workshops throughout the day, including, among others,

  • Dorothy Coughlin, Archdiocese of Portland:  A Toolkit for Religious Educational Inclusion, and  Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope for People with Mental Illness and Their Families
  • Emerging Leaders Northwest,  Panel Discussion:  Developing Independence, Self-determination and Spirituality during Adolescent Transition
  • Sang Lee, MDiv, Well Able: Least Restrictive (Spiritual) Environment
  • Mona Fuerstenau, Bethesda Lutheran Communities:  Transition to Living Outside the Family Home
  • Angela Weaver:  Self-discovery and Connecting to Spirit
  • Roberta Dunn and Noelle Sisk, FACT Oregon:  Successful Participation in Your Faith Community 

In addition, local agencies and organizations will be on hand to provide information and resources to the community. Registration fees,  $30 including lunch.    A few scholarships are available, contact IDNO for more details.  Sponsorships by local organizations are available, please contact IDNO for more details:   InterfaithDisabilitiesofOregon@gmail.com.

The Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 13 at 8:30AM at ILR, Independence Living Resources, located at 18th and NE Couch.

The proposed slate for the 2013-2015 term of two years will be presented at that time, and all current, paid members are entitled to vote at that time.  Immediately after the election of new board members, the new board, including those in their 2nd year of board membership, will elect officers.  Per IDNO’s bylaws, officers include (at minimum) President, Treasurer, and Secretary.