Welcome, Belonging and Disability: listening to disabled Friends

Monday 11 March
18:30-20:30 (UK time)

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A hearing aid in a man's ear

Can we, as individuals, and as local, area and yearly meetings, shift the burden from disabled Friends? Can we find joy in doing things differently? What sometimes stops us doing so?

This session is for everyone, but disabled Friends (who aren’t the ones sharing) may choose to stay away from this session; we will not be the focus and it may be painful to listen to.


Can we, as individuals, and as local, area and yearly meetings, shift the burden from disabled Friends? Can we find joy in doing things differently? What sometimes stops us doing so?

This short series builds on Esther Loukin’s Swarthmore lecture last year and invites us to work on our ‘creative loving imagination’ to find where each of us can improve welcome and belonging for disabled people. We will think about the two main forms of resistance to these sorts of changes, and what we might do when the resistance shows up in and around us.

This is the second session in this series. The session will be aimed at those of us who create welcome and/or belonging for others. Some disabled Friends will share their accounts of being included and not. We will explore discomfort and friction from difficulties with access and how hard it can be to understand our own roles in exclusion. We’ll practice pattern spotting the two patterns Esther referred to in her Swarthmore lecture; “you are the problem” and “I am actually excellent”.

This session is for everyone, but disabled Friends (who aren’t the ones sharing) may choose to stay away from this session; we will not be the focus and it may be painful to listen to.

This course will involve:

DiscussionSpeakerWorkshopZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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