(Still) Calling from the Edge : 16 Oct, ONLINE

October 16, 2021 | 10:00 am 4:30 pm

Our 10th annual conference on disability and church. A space for disabled people to gather to resource each other and the church.

Through art, music, story and theology, in plenary talks, small groups, workshops and liturgy. Disabled people explore our calling to the church.


Since 2012 these conferences have held space for disabled people to gather, to resource each other and the church. They are uniquely for rather than about disabled people, who are a majority of planners, speakers and delegates.

In this year’s conference we explore call as challenge, lament and vocation. Through art, music, story and theology, in plenary talks, small groups, workshops and liturgy. It’s a cry for justice that marks a milestone: 10 years of calling from the edge.

”Disabled people have a distinct prophetic ministry to the church. In order for the church to fulfil its prophetic ministry to society, it needs disabled people.”

John Hull (Opening the Roof, 2012)

Details of speakers, workshops and other content to be announced. Keep up with latest news on twitter – @livingedgeconf #StillEdge


Please select a ticket type and enter a donation amount:

Types To help us plan the day and balance small groups please choose the ticket that best describes your experience: Disabled/Neurodivergent, Family/Supporter or Professional/Other interest.

Donations It costs£30per person to run this conference. We do not want to exclude anyone on financial grounds. Please pay what you can afford.

Access Information

The conference will be on Zoom in meeting mode. We will be using a mixture of plenary sessions and break out groups. BSL and captions are both available.

See our Online Event Page for detailed zoom access information from our 2020 conference. Details of the 2021 conference and programme will be posted when available.

Image description: drops of water falling into still water, ripples outward. Logos for St Martin in the Fields, HeartEdge and Inclusive Church. Text: Still Calling from the Edge. 10th annual conference on Disability and Church. Eventbrite link: Twitter @livingedgecof #StillEdge


Please tell us if you need BSL, captions, or any other adjustments so we can assign you to an appropriate break out group.

To tell us about your access requirements, questions or for further information. Contact Fiona or Jonathan at disability@smitf.org. If you prefer a response by phone, please let us know in your email and provide a phone number.

Ethics Statement

We prioritise the voices & experience of disabled people at this conference. This is because they are rarely heard in church contexts. Family, supporters and people with a professional or other interest are also welcome. This is in keeping with our conference aim to be a place where disabled people can gather to resource each other & the church.

A partnership between St Martin in the Fields & Inclusive Church, hosted online by HeartEdge.

Two pre-conference workshops are also being held:

Out of the Depths will explore the theme of calling from the edge in song and sound. Using Psalm 130, a psalm of lament, as the basis for musical creation in various shapes – chant, hymn or poem ready for musical setting. Participants will be helped with hymn metre and the repetition of chanting traditions.
Music – Out of the Depths- Friday 3 September 4.30pm


Called to the Feast will help create an exhibition of images and words for an inclusive Last Supper. These can be in any media (drawing, paintings, photographs, poetry, prose etc etc) and can focus on any aspect of the Last Supper i.e. the feast, the table, the guests, Jesus etc. The images and words shared will then be shown in an online exhibition during the conference.
Art  – Called to the Feast – Friday 10 September 4.30pm


We look forward to seeing you there!

The Disability Conference Planning Team

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