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Disability Justice Series

“Accessibility is not a problem to be solved. It is a culture to be built.”
– Sheri Byrne-Haber

Shining Waters Regional Council Intercultural Diversity Commission and Canadian Shield Regional Council are offering a series of 3 webinars on disability.

Guest Speakers

Joining us to facilitate the first two sessions in our series will be The Rev. Dr. Kathleen James-Cavan.

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Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Kathleen James-Cavan

Ordained in the United Church of Canada in 2015, Kathleen James-Cavan was the director of the Designated Lay Ministry program at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon and enjoyed a 30-year career as a professor in the department of English, University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include the literary history and theologies of disability. She contributed to the GC42 report, Theologies of Disabilities, and recently worked with others to produce a curriculum on issues of disability justice for the General Council Office. She identifies as white, disabled, and cis-gender; an uninvited guest, she is grateful to live on Treaty 6 Territory and the homeland of the Métis, also known as Saskatoon, SK.

Panel Guest Speakers

We will be joined by a panel of four guest speakers for our third installment of our series. As these speakers are confimed we will be adding them here.

Amber Lee Rowe – Studying to be a Spiritual Care Practitioner, Amber Lee has a long history of working and volunteering in the community. Being a NeuroAtypical person has given her a unique lens where she often empathizes with various challenges that people face. Often looking for opportunities has allowed her to support others. More recently Amber Lee has been leading sessions on Self Care as coping with forms of ableism, sexism, and racism, had left her quite burnt out. Finding meaning and purpose when dealing with challenges has gotten her through some difficult periods following a more traumatic brain injury resulting from a history of having two major concussions. Personally Amber Lee is a huge lover of Chocolate, Music, Broadway Shows, Good People and Community Building projects. Currently Amber Lee is working in Community Health Supports for the Flemingdon Health Center, Toronto, and hopes to add Spiritual Health initiatives to help others.

 

Session One

Wednesday, February 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
What’s the “dis” about disability? Disability as a social construct.

All bodies are unique and all are God’s beloved. Using case studies and conversation, the Rev. Dr. Kathleen James-Cavan will introduce concepts of disability; medical, social, and affirmative models for understanding disability; explore the language we use; and narratives of ableism.

 

Session Two

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Ableism in the Church? The Bible, Theologies, and Disability.

There are many biblical examples of healing that have been interpreted as “cures” rather than stories of faith. The Rev. Dr. Kathleen James-Cavan will facilitate an exploration of biblical stories and apply the intersectional lens of disability justice to our church contexts and ableism in the church.

 

Session Three – Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Voices that Matter: Embodying Disability Justice.

Four diverse voices (TBA) will participate in an interactive panel that explores disability and intersectionality in United Church of Canada contexts.

 

Staff Support

Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Minister, Community of Faith Support

Phone: 1-833-236-0281
Extension: 6
Email: dmatheson@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks from home

Role: Diane provides support for the region by encouraging and connecting communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times.

Contact Diane about: Conflict Resolution, Community Ministries, Congregational Finance, Covenants, Grants, Property, and Transitions - amalgamations, collaboration, closures.

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Melody Duncanson-Hales

Melody Duncanson-Hales

Minister, Community of Faith Support

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 4
Email: MDuncanson-Hales@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks from home

Role: Melody provides support for the region by encouraging and connecting communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times.

Contact Melody about: Community Ministries, Congregational Finance, Covenants, Grants, Property, and Transitions - amalgamations, collaboration, closures.

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Kim Uyede-Kai

Kim Uyede-Kai

SWRC Communities of Faith Support, Intercultural Diversity, Anti-Racism and Right Relations Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6173
Email: KUyedeKai@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Role: Kim encourages and connects communities of faith in their work and supports Indigenous ministries in their relationship with the region and promotes and supports racial justice.

Contact Kim about: Anti-Racism; Conflict Resolution; Covenants; Governance; Intercultural Ministry; Right Relations; Vision and Mission

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