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Reflective Being, Being Reflective

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This book, edited by Andy Calder, Jayne Clapton and Trevor Parmenter, celebrates 25 years of the multi-faith disability and spirituality movement in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Since the inaugural conference in Brisbane, 1996, a further five have been held. Arising from the conferences, this collection explores issues of faith and meaning in the lived experience of disability. Contributors explore a range of issues including: ethics, care, friendship, discrimination, inclusion, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), love, justice, liberation and ‘cripped’ spiritualities.

The book is beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated with cartoons from one conference’s resident cartoonist. The front-cover stain-glass window ‘Pathways for Change’ provokes spiritual questions relating to belonging, identity and purpose.

The Launch will be held on Tuesday 14 June, 2022, 2pm AEST (4pm NZST) at Wesley Place, 130 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. 

Speakers include:

Uncle John Baxter will offer a Welcome to Country

Aboriginal Partnership Coordinator, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Ms Meredith Allan

World President, 2018-2020 (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

Member of Uniting Church in Australia.

Rev Vicki Terrell

Disability Ministry Educator: Resource and Development facilitator, Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Chair of the Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Rev Albert (Bhakta Dasa) Lange

Chairperson of Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)

Minister of religion for the Vaisnava Hindu Community and

Communications Director for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Registration is required for either in-person or Zoom attendance.

Limited numbers (36) of in-person places are available.

Please register by 7 June at the latest if you wish to be present

For catering purposes, also indicate any dietary considerations.

For people who have registered to be attending in-person, please arrive 15 minutes early on account of entry protocols.

Cost of the softcover book:

  • 1 copy $30 plus postage in Aust. $12.70 via regular post
  • 2-5 copies $30 each plus postage in Aust. $12.70 via regular post  
  • 6-10 copies $27 each plus postage in Aust. $15.95 via regular post 

Express and international postage to be advised upon order

The book will be able to be purchased from the day of the launch through CTM Resourcing -

Copies can also be purchased in person at Centre for Theology and Ministry (29 College Crescent, Parkville 3052)

The e-book version is $25 and can be purchased at also from the day of the launch

By the launch, further details about the book and networks of people in the disability spirituality networks will be available at

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