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The Summer Institute is coordinated by The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey with major sponsorship funding this year from The Bethesda Institute. Other sponsors include Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary, and The ARC of Illinois with endorsements from the Association of Theological Schools, the Association of University Centers on Disability and the new Collaborative on Religion, Disability and Inclusive Spiritual Supports.

As in the two previous Institutes held in Pennsylvania, a core group of faculty/mentors who are leaders in the growing field of theology and disability will serve as speakers, discussion group leaders, responders and facilitators: Hans Reinders from the Netherlands, John Swinton from the UK, Tom Reynolds from Canada, Deborah Creamer from Denver, Erik Carter from Nashville, and Bill Gaventa from The Boggs Center. This group will be doing short presentations on the first day of the Institute followed by afternoon discussion groups with each speaker. On Tuesday through Friday, other guest faculty join the Summer Institute to deliver plenary presentations focused on a theme for each day: Biblical Studies, Families/Parents/Siblings, Religious and Spiritual Development, and Community Building. Speakers include Fr. Donald Senior, Rabbi Bradley Artson, Amy Julia Becker, Rud Turnbull, Katie Arnold, Ben Conner, John Swinton, Christina Gangemi, and John McKnight. Afternoon workshops and discussion groups will be led by the speakers, the Summer Institute faculty, and other participants.

Academic credit and CEUs for the Summer Institute for seminarians and clergy are being offered through Chicago Theological Seminary. Human services professional CEUs are also being offered through the ARC of Illinois. Scholarships for people with disabilities and families from Illinois are also available through the Arc of Illinois. Other scholarship funding is being sought but currently not available. Housing is available at Catholic Theological Union and McCormick Seminary. A Cooperative Resource Exhibit will showcase some of the growing number of resources in this area of study and ministry. More information on all of these options is at the website above. Registration is limited.

The Summer Institutes have proven to be dynamic weeklong events that bring together academicians in the area of disability and/or theology, seminary faculty, seminarians, graduate students, clergy, leaders in faith based services and supports with people with disabilities, advocates, people with disabilities and family members and professionals in other human service disciplines. Information about the two previous Summer Institutes, along with audio-recordings of the major speakers, can be found athttp://rwjms.umdnj.edu/boggscenter/projects/SummerInstituteonTheologyandDisability.html . For questions about the program, contact Bill Gaventa at 732-235-9304 or bill.gaventa@umdnj.edu. Questions about registration, contact David Morstad, 920.206.4405, ordavid.morstad@mailblc.org.

Please forward this to any network, organization, or individuals who may be interested.

Bill Gaventa, M.Div., (732) 235-9304. Fax: (732) 235-9330,Email: bill.gaventa@umdnj.edu
Website: http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/boggscenter

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