Ginny Thornburgh to Speak at Lectureship

Ginny Thornburgh to Speak at Lectureship

April 2, 2005

2005 Hiller Lectureship
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Worship & Leadership Centre
North American Baptist Seminary

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ginny Thornburgh
(Learn more by reading the About the Speaker section at the bottom of this page.)

This year's Hiller Lecture focuses on assisting congregations in becoming welcoming communities for children and adults with disabilities. Even in the 21st Century, many Christian congregations still find themselves with barriers of attitude, communication or architecture, which prevent people with disabilities from accessing a full life of faith.

"Opening Hearts, Minds, and Doors" is a conference designed especially for church and seminary leaders (whether with or without disabilities) but will also benefit those from a wide range of professions who assist people with disabilities and their family members. The goal of the conference is to provide strategies to help identify and remove barriers for people with all types of disabilities, and thus fully celebrate and integrate their gifts into worship, study, service, and leadership of congregations.

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Coffee

9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address: That All May Worship: Welcoming the Gifts of Children and Adults with Disabilities

10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
Panel Response and Discussion


1:30 p.m.
Attend a Workshop

•Workshop 1: Getting Started: Disability 101, Ginny Thornburgh

•Workshop 2: Making it Comfortable: A Congregational Strategy for Integrating Persons with Hearing Loss into Church Life, Kathryn Bakke

•Workshop 3: Disabilities and Grief, Rita Weber and Mary Fast

2:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

$25 Registration Fee includes lunch and a copy of the publication That All May Worship.
For more information or to receive a detailed brochure, please call 800.440.6227.

Ginny Thornburgh has spent most of the past thirty-five years as an advocate for people with disabilities. She presently serves as Director of the Religion and Disability Program of the National Organization on Disability located in Washington, D.C. She co-authored and edited the award-winning publication, That All May Worship, now in its sixth printing, and From Barriers to Bridges, a guide to community action, as well as editing Loving Justice: The ADA and the Religious Community.

Ms. Thornburgh is married to Dick Thornburgh, the former Governor of Pennsylvania, Attorney General of the United States and Under-Security-General of the United Nations. The Thornburghs have four sons and six grandchildren, all of whom live in Pennsylvania. In 2003 they were joint recipients of the Henry B. Betts Award presented by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

As parents of a son with mental retardation, Ginny and Dick Thornburgh have worked worldwide to maximize the opportunities for persons with disabilities in their communities, jobs, schools, and congregations. In 1992, both were featured speakers at the Vatican Conference on Disability and at the Eastern European Conference on Disabilities, held in Prague. They also have made two weeklong visits to Korea addressing disability issues.