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Supporting People with Disability in Faith Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm


Over the coming months, CDS will be hosting a series of workshops focused on the inclusion of people with disability in communities of their choosing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown period.   

The first workshop in this series is focused on supporting faith communities to be inclusive of people with disability.

As a result of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Australian Government have placed restrictions on social gatherings, which has included the temporary closure of places of worship.

This workshop will provide practical and tangible strategies to ensure people with disability remain connected and engaged during this time.  

The interactive workshop will be delivered in three sections:

  1. What does inclusion of people with disability in faith communities look like?
    • welcoming community – what does it ‘feel’ like?
    • From inclusion to belonging

      2. Why do we need to think about inclusion at this time? Why are people with disability particularly vulnerable at this time?

    • People with disability are already socially isolated
    • People with disability are considered a higher risk to attract COVID-19

      3. How can we “be together when we can’t be together”? What practical, pastoral and spiritual resources can be proposed to ensure connectedness? 

    • How do we communicate to people with disability about the pandemic?
    • Creative prayer and worship
    • Meditation
    • Reflective journaling
    • Attentive listening
    • Utilising social media as a way of staying connected and engaged.

Delivery method:

The workshop will be delivered via Zoom – a videoconferencing platform that is easily accessible over the internet. 


Zachariah (Zach) Duke holds a Bachelor of Theology (Hons), a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and a Doctor of Philosophy. Zach is a research & project officer at the Centre for Disability Studies. He is known internationally for his research in disability theology and has assisted many religious organisations with the design and implementation of their disability inclusion and pastoral plans.  

David Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours majoring in philosophy from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts (Research). David is a research and project officer at the Centre for Disability Studies. David was previously employed at St George’s Anglican Church to run an ongoing lecture series called PEACEtalks, which focused on issues around politics, ethics, the arts and culture.

Price: $75.00 per person. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact CDS for a discounted rate at cds@cds.org.au


April 17, 2020
9:30 am - 1:00 pm


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