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Faith Communities and Disabilities: A Wider Welcome

an afternoon of workshops, speakers and resources presented by Knollwood Baptist Church and Interfaith Winston-Salem

We’re excited to be planning and hosting this half-day community event aiming to deepen congregations’ ministry by, to, and with people who live with disabilities, differences, or special needs. Watch for the full schedule in January.  To volunteer or find out more, contact Diane Lipsett,

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Bill Gaventa, is currently the Director of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and the Director of the Collaborative on Faith and Disability. Until 2013, Dr. Gaventa served as Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and as Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He now lives in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Gaventa’s address will be titled “All of God’s People Finally Showed Up”: Moving from Inclusion to Belonging.” He offers this preview:

“Everybody is Welcome” is one of the most familiar lines on congregational signs around the country. What happens when everyone shows up? Genuine hospitality as practiced in faith communities for centuries means that our definition of “all God’s people” widens and deepens. Secondly, moving from “welcome” and “inclusion” to “belonging” is as much a gift to the congregational community as it is to people being welcomed. Challenging at times, yes, but as in any form of new and effective ministry, challenges can be overcome with learning and love.

Saturday, February 23 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Knollwood Baptist Church 330 Knollwood St, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Event Type

Speakers, Lectures


School of Divinity, The Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students

Contact name

Bill Leonard, Professor of Divinity Emeritus

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