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Widening the Welcome 2018
National Conference

November 1-3, 2018

Niagara Falls Convention Center
& Sheraton at the Falls

Niagara Falls, NY

We are pleased to announce that we have received a grant through the Brown Endowment of the United Church Funds to subsidize UCC Authorized ministers in good standing to attend Widening The Welcome in November! Please email uccdisabilitiesministries@gmail.com with your Association of standing and the name of your ministry setting.  Please contact chair@uccdm.org with questions.

Widening the Welcome: Inclusion for All

The United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries,in collaboration with the New York Conference, invites you to join us for the 2018 “Widening the Welcome Conference: Living, Learning, Leading”! This year’s event will be held in beautiful Niagara Falls, NY at the Sheraton Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Falls Convention Center. The conference will begin on Thursday, November 1st, and end after lunch on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. There will also be an opportunity to register for a Mental Health First Aid class on November 1st. This class, organized with the help of UCC Mental Health Network, is a certificated course, with continuing education credit upon completion.

The Widening the Welcome Conference is built around the UCC’s vision for disability inclusion throughout the United Church of Christ. Offered workshops will bring attendees enlightenment in various areas including; Accessibility & Inclusion (A2A), Advocacy, Christian Education and more from invited speakers and organizations. There will also be a discussion panel, consisting of people from different perspectives within the UCC, to bring awareness and insight on living with a disability and into the fullness of service to an accessible, inclusive and loving God.

Invited speakers include: Exec. Minister for Justice and Local Church Ministries- Rev. Traci Blackmon, Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice- Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, Still Speaking Devotional Writer- Rev. Jennifer Brownell, and keynote speaker, UCC General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer. The event is sure to be an uplifting and rewarding experience!

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