Creative Justice: a conference on disability and the Church

June 10, 2023 - June 10, 2023
Saturday, June 10, 2023: 10:30am – 4:30pm ET (8:30am – 2:30pm MT)
Offered by New Leaf Network
In-Person Admission: $75.00 Online Admission: $45.00

Creative Justice is the theme of the fourth conference run by A Deeper Communion, a network that connects Canadian ministry leaders, practitioners, and academics at the intersection of disability and theology.

How do we influence our churches and organizations to nurture adaptive communities that work for the just consideration of all in society? This season of continued disruption and change presents unique opportunities to recalibrate how we express our solidarity and concern for every person, regardless of their life situation. Creative Justice explores the beautiful and innovative ways our faith communities and ecclesial leaders can build constructive pathways of mutuality and concern reaching every part of society. This conference will facilitate a deep conversation led by church leaders and leading experts with and without disabilities on the theme.

We look forward to your participation and contribution in helping to shape another meaningful experience together.

Plenary Speakers

Headshot Photo of Brian DoerksenBrian Doerksen

Brian Doerksen’s songs (‘Refiner’s Fire’ ‘Faithful One’) are sung in faith communities around the world. In 2008, Brian received a JUNO award for ‘Holy God’ (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year) and in 2014 at the Covenant Awards he received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Gospel Music Association of Canada. Brian continues to write new songs and is the director of a new online songwriting program called ‘Unlocking Your Songs’. His 6 adult children include 2 sons with special needs, and he lives with his wife of 38 years Joyce and their family in Abbotsford, BC.


Headshot photo of Dr. Amy Kenny

Dr. Amy Kenny

Dr. Amy Kenny is a disabled scholar whose writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Sojourners, Shondaland, Reader’s Digest, Huff Post, and in her book, My Body Is Not a Prayer Request. She coordinates support for people experiencing homelessness in her neighbourhood, and is a co-founder of Jubilee Homes OC, a permanent supportive housing initiative in her local community.  She is currently launching the Disability Cultural Initiative at Georgetown University, a role that seeks to celebrate the diverse disability community and cultivate a culture of access across campus.