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Annual Pastors’ Conference

October 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm


Disability in Ministry


Daniel Aaron Harris
Katherine Jane Bale
Summer Kinard


ESR Center at Earlham School of Religion


$30 per person (includes breakfast and lunch)
FREE for students, faculty and virtual participants

Schedule of events

9:15-10:00            Breakfast for Richmond Attendees
10:00-10:20          Welcome and Waiting Worship
10:20-11:35           Plenary Session #1: Daniel Harris w/Q&A
11:35-11:50           BREAK
11:50-12:15           What’s New at ESR (Gretchen Castle)
12:15-1:30             Lunch and Free Time
1:30-2:45              Plenary Session #2: Katherine Bale w/Q&A
2:45-3:05              BREAK
3:05-4:20              Plenary Session #3: Summer Kinard w/Q&A
4:20-5:00              Wrap up and Closing Worship with Daniel

Daniel Aaron Harris

Daniel identifies as a cerebral palsy native Memphian, artist, author, actor and activist. He is the director and founder of Fallen Walls which encourages and helps people find their vocation inside their location regardless of their ability. He has written nine children’s books in a series called Bobby Blue Books on Amazon, recently called ‘Go Be You, Charlie. Other writings include articles and a play that helps change the narrative of disability. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry focusing on disability at Western Theological Seminary. Daniel is an active member of Memphis’s theatre and film community, helping shape a new landscape for persons with disabilities.

Daniel Aaron Harris photo
Daniel Aaron Harris
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Katherine Jane Bale

Katherine Jane Bale (they/them)

Katherine was diagnosed with autism at 30. They have a first-class degree in psychology and have a long-standing interest in religion. They are Catholic church members but were brought up Protestant and still have links with protestant churches; they live in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and have a strong interest in autism inclusion, particularly in church settings. They blog about autism and faith at https://thoughtsofanautisticchristian.wordpress.com/.