“Catholic Perspectives on Inclusive Worship” Webinar Series

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Date/Time
08/10/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

“Catholic Perspectives on Inclusive Worship” Webinar Series

Inclusive Worship in Your Parish

August 10 and 24 at 12pm EST

Image Credit: Archdiocese of Newark

Join All Belong for our free, two-part webinar series as we discuss the deeply meaningful traditions of Catholic worship and what it could look like to engage and support persons of all abilities within a parish community.

This two-part webinar will feature Anne Masters, Ph.D., FAAID, Director of the Office for Pastoral Ministries with People with Disabilities in the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, and Elizabeth Rodriguez-Waterfield, Director of Ministerio Amistad.  Hosted by All Belong’s Victoria White, Director of Church Services, and Brian Dykstra, Director of Advancement and former Director of Music and Choir Master of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Kansas City, MO), the conversation will explore theological and practical aspects of inclusion in the Catholic tradition.

Whether you are active in your parish ministry as a priest, religious, or lay person, if you work in a Catholic school, or even if you’re not Catholic and you’re simply curious about what inclusive worship in Catholic communities looks like, we invite you to register and join us!

DATES: Tuesday, August 10 & Tuesday, August 24

TIMES: Both days will run from 12 – 1 pm EST

WHERE: Zoom Link for Webinar given upon registration

COST: Free

Featured Presenters:

Anne Masters, Ph.D., FAAIDD

Director of the Office for Pastoral Ministries with People with Disabilities for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ .

Anne’s work is to further the the mission of her office: to foster the appreciation of individuals with disabilities as indispensable members of the Body of Christ, to empower parishes to support meaningful participation in all aspects of the life of the Church through engagement, relationship, and appropriate supports, and to nurture the growth and capability of persons with disabilities so they experience a true sense of belonging within ordinary parish life and programs.  Anne’s work is based on Catholic Social Teaching which is based on respect for the innate dignity of every person and dedicated to support human flourishing for all.  Sample a taste of her passion in this 6-page article  (a response to Dr. Erik Carter’s article in the same issue, “The Absence of Asterisks: The Inclusive Church and Children with Disabilities.”

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Director of Ministerio Amistad

A native of Colombia, now living in Florida. She has had the blessing of working in the inclusion of persons of all abilities for more than 15 years. During this time, Elizabeth has had the privilege of preparing catechists, parents, and guardians who are called to share the message of God’s love with their loved ones of diverse capacities.

This inclusion has been made possible through a Bible study program (Amistad), designed to promote inclusive Christian education in the Hispanic community in both the United States and Latin America.

Through the Amistad program, Elizabeth has worked with churches and homes. She has seen the importance and need in many families with relatives with intellectual disabilities to be included and be active participants in God’s Kingdom.

Ministerio Amistad is a program branch of Friendship Ministries, a subsidiary of All Belong.

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