Disability conference set to break barriers

A conference in Motherwell this September will celebrate the spirit of people with disabilities who have overcome barriers to become valued members of congregations across Scotland.

Disabilities advocate Lindsay Cant met Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison at the Church of Scotland's 2015 conference, ‘Creating Communities of Belonging’. Since then they have become fast friends and often meet up at the Kinross Parish Church All Friends Together group.

Breaking through barriers

The ‘Breaking through Barriers’ event at Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church on September 30, 10.30am to 3.40pm, will bring together people working to improve church experience for people with disabilities.

Stories from people with disabilities will also be shared to inspire others to participate in the life of their churches.

Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison, President of the Scottish Churches Disability Group, had this message for would-be attendees:

“I heartily commend the forthcoming Conference, ‘Breaking though Barriers’, organized by the Scottish Churches Disability Group.

“Widely in the church there is a growing awareness of the enormous potential enrichment of including people with disabilities more centrally in our life together.

“To use Paul’s famous image, in the body of Christ all the different parts complement and need each other, and each has something of unique importance to contribute to the flourishing of the whole.

“The theme of the conference indicates the need to overcome whatever barriers might hinder this from taking place in our congregations.

“The emphasis will both thoughtful and practical. Presentations will be given by a number of experienced speakers, including Jeremy Balfour MSP, Chair of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Committee on Disability. Why not come along on the 30th of September as together we learn more about developing relationships and putting to work the gifts of all in the service of God’s kingdom. I hope to see you there.”

Charge - £12 (discounted price - £6 for people on low income)

Support staff accompanying disabled person - free.

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