Renovate Church: Creating a Space for All Abilities

Event Information

Date/Time
10/22/2018 - 10/24/2018
All Day

Led by Barbara J. Newman and María Eugenia Cornou

Hosted by the CLC Network Pacific Northwest Regional Advisory Board

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Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The CLC Network Pacific Northwest Advisory Board is pleased to host a series of training opportunities for church leaders and attendees October 22-October 24, 2018 in Lynden and Bothell, Washington. With two location options, you can attend the training that’s closest to you!

The Pacific Northwest Advisory Board consists of:
David Anderson, Jeany Aupperlee, Jake Breakey, Paul Bootsma, Gayle Doornbos, Rhonda Rische, Miley Rose, Sharon Ryder, Elizabeth Thorndike, Grace Visker

Registration

Registration is requested for a suggested contribution of $10 per person. Please register below.


October 22-23 | Lynden, WA

Location: Sonlight Community Christian Reformed Church (8800 Bender Rd, Lynden, WA 98264)

Contact: Jeany Aupperlee, jaupperl@lyncs.org

Download and share the flier: Renovate Church – Lynden

October 22, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Autism Spectrum Disorder: What It Is and How to Help

Participants will gain an understanding of six key areas of difference in persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and then learn about multiple practical tools and ideas to use in a church setting with each one of these key areas. These ideas will target children, youth, and adults and will also include ways to allow the congregation as a whole to receive the gifts of persons with ASD into their congregation. Participants will leave with a practical plan filled with best practice tools. While the focus is on congregations, persons from a school setting will also benefit from the information. A question and answer time will follow the presentation.

October 23, 8:30 am-11:00 am

Universal Design for Worship

How do you welcome each person–regardless of their ability–to participate in worship? Participants will learn how the architectural concept of universal design fits within a three-part plan for inclusive worship settings. From the “3 P’s” of Perspective, Participation and Personalization, bask in seeing how there is a place of belonging for everyone, at all different ages and stages, in our congregations. This session is particularly aimed at those who develop or lead worship services for adults, children, or intergenerational settings.


October 23-24 | Bothell, WA

Location: Bothell United Methodist Church (18515 92nd Ave NE Bothell, WA 98011)

Contact: Sharon Ryder, sharon@bothellumc.org

Download and share the flier: Renovate Church – Bothell

October 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Autism Spectrum Disorder: What It Is and How to Help

Participants will gain an understanding of six key areas of difference in persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and then learn about multiple practical tools and ideas to use in a church setting with each one of these key areas. These ideas will target children, youth, and adults and will also include ways to allow the congregation as a whole to receive the gifts of persons with ASD into their congregation. Participants will leave with a practical plan filled with best practice tools. While the focus is on congregations, persons from a school setting will also benefit from the information. A question and answer time will follow the presentation.

October 24, 8:30-11:00am

Universal Design for Worship

How do you welcome each person–regardless of their ability–to participate in worship? Participants will learn how the architectural concept of universal design fits within a three-part plan for inclusive worship settings. From the “3 P’s” of Perspective, Participation and Personalization, bask in seeing how there is a place of belonging for everyone, at all different ages and stages, in our congregations. This session is particularly aimed at those who develop or lead worship services for adults, children, or intergenerational settings.


Get to know the speakers!

Barbara J NewmanBarbara J. Newman

For over 30 years, Barbara J. Newman has endeavored to create communities of inclusion through CLC Network, where she serves as the director of church services. Co-administrating inclusive education at Zeeland Christian School allows her to stay on top of best practices which she shares at schools and churches nationwide and in her books and practical resources, including Autism and Your Church, Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities, Nuts & Bolts of Inclusive Education, Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship, and in Friendship Ministries’ Together curriculum. Her role as a program affiliate with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship allows her to continually engage in the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond.

Barbara was the 2012 recipient of the Christian Service Award from Bethesda Lutheran Communities and the 2015 recipient of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as the recipient of the Ability Award from the Disability Network (Lakeshore) in 2017. She holds a teaching certificate with a cognitive impairment endorsement from Calvin College, and a Master of Arts in early childhood education and early childhood developmental delay with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders from Grand Valley State University. 

Maria Eugenia CornouMaría Eugenia Cornou

María Eugenia Cornou is Program Manager for International and Intercultural Learning for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Her areas of responsibility include international programs, curating web and print resources including translations of worship resources into multiple languages, facilitating conversations and networking with scholars, teachers of worship, and other church leaders, and grantmaking support. She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught biblical studies and was administrative director at International Baptist Theological Seminary. Maria holds a PhD in theology from the Free University of Amsterdam on the topic of Protestant worship in Argentina as well as degrees in public accounting and theology.


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