Disability Conference

Just as I am

fingerprintSaturday 14 October –  Sunday 15 October 2017
A weekend of events to mark our 6th annual conference on Disability and Church, a partnership between St Martin in the Fields and Inclusive Church.     

Download the flyer here.

Saturday 14 October 1030-1630,  St Martin's Hall

Just as I am: Living Theology

What does it mean to be disabled, and what might that say about God? Do our stories tell us something about God's story? Are we living theology? Through plenary talks and in small groups, with a silent space and a marketplace, we explore the issues arising from our experience and consider how we can resource each other and the church.   Organised by and for disabled people, supporters and people with an interest in disability issues.  

Speakers & Contributors:

Darius Traves is a companion of the Society of St Francis and in his 3rd year studying a Theology, Mission and Ministry course with the York School of Ministry. He leads a Yorkshire-based project - coincidentally called "Just As I Am UK" - which raises awareness of disability within mainstream groups, and delivers RE based activities in Special Needs communities.

Ali Lyon, consultant, facilitator, artist, training to be a death doula

Ali Lyon is a member of the congregation at St Martin's and is part of the Disability Advisory Group. Having withstood Hodgkins Lymphoma as a late teen/adult, Ali now lives with the 'late effects' of the chemotherapy and radiotherapy that, 40 years ago, contributed to her 'cure'. So far, these number 19 different conditions and involve 11 different medical specialisms. A count of outpatients appointments between last year's conference and this, comes to 71. This gives plenty of scope for pondering the living theology of 'just as I am' and seeking to stay in touch with the core of life that continues through the ups and downs of cirrcumstance.

Helen Tyers Theologian, worhsip leader, social work consultant and author.
A disabled person for 30 years and wheelchair user for 20, Helen also had a stroke 2 years ago. This will be her first time out as a speaker since her stroke and miraculous recovery.
Prior to retiring from being a social work regulator Helen was recognised as a leading expert in Disabled Parents work, as high as the European Court of Human Rights. Following major discrimination in the 1990's she became a national advocate and activist for Disabled People's rights.
Recognising the need to challenge unacceptable situations in the church from a theolgical basis, Helen took a masters degree in practical and contextual theology which focussed on inclusion of disabled people in the church. She is currently co-authoring a book on theology and autism.

Other speakers and contributors still to be announced.

Cost: £20/£10 concessions

  • Sunday 15th October 1000 -1130

Just as I am: Eucharist and Healing Service

This Eucharist & Healing service for St Luke's Day reflects on the themes of the weekend, using liturgy written by St Martin's Disability Advisory Group and Healing Team.  The service includes the laying on of hands and anointing with oil, accompanied by prayers for healing, for yourself, someone else or the wider world.  All are welcome.
Preacher: The Rev'd Tim Goode. Trustee of Inclusive Church. Disability Advisor for the Diocese of Southwark. Member of the General Synod of the Church of England

  • Sunday 16 October 2pm-4.30pm – St Martin's Hall

Just as I am: Summer in the Forest

A special screening of  this feature length documentary film. Summer in the Forest follows the life of the L'Arche community in Trolsy, France, where people with learning difficulties and those who support them have found what it means to be human. We are delighted to be joined by filmakers and others to share their experience, and invite us to consider the ideas raised.


Registration - book here

Tickets are free with a retiring collection to cover costs - suggested donation £5.00

Conference delegates are being offered priority booking for the film. Use the conference registration form below to let us know if you would like us to reserve you a space.

Register for 'Just as I am' by completing the form below.

This is a conference for, rather than about disabled people, who will receive priority in booking. We also welcome families, friends and people with a professional or other interest.
Please bring your own lunch, or eat at the Cafe in the Crypt. Tables will be reserved. Please save me a space:
We are seeking to make the conference as accessible to everyone. There is step-free access, wheelchair accaessible toilets and an induction loop. A quiet room will be available. We are able to provide additional support or adjustments if requested in advance (notice of large print materials and BSL interpretation by 1 October please). We would be glad to know how we can enable your participation. Please let us know if you have sensory sensitivity or impairment, mobility issues or any other information that you feel is important
Will you be bringing a Personal Assistant?