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Talks and Conferences

Sunday October 27, 2019

On October 27th I shared a reflection on anti-depressants and spirituality at Forest Grove United Church. Thank you to the Forest Grove community for being so welcoming to me. The short talk has been posted on their Youtube page, which you can access here.

Past Talks & Conferences:

Sept 12, 2019 

On September 12 my colleague Beth Anne Fisher and I organized and facilitated an interfaith panel on forgiveness at Emmanuel College entitled "Stories of Forgiveness: Drawing on Our Faith Traditions to Move Towards Healing". It was an incredible and moving time of sharing together. Thank you to each of the students who shared so wholeheartedly.

May 4, 2019 

I presented some of my research on the relationship between self-injury and psychiatric medications at the disability symposium A Deeper Communion: Church With People With Disabilities, that was hosted at Emmanuel College in Toronto.

I presented in the morning, as a part of the "Conversations with Students and Scholars" panel. It was an excellent time of sharing some of my work regarding mental health as a part of the theological conversation. We had a lively discussion psychiatric medication use in Lauren Slater's memoir Prozac Diary, and David Finnegan-Hosey's  Christ on the Psych Ward. For more information on the event please click here

April 24-27, 2019 

My colleague Beth Anne Fisher and I co-presented a paper on teaching in the interfaith classroom entitled "Transformation and Resistance in the Interfaith Classroom: Reflections on Teaching in the Canadian Context" at the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Beth and I co-facilitate classes at Emmanuel and do practical theology together :-)  Update: The ESITIS conference was a wonderful experience! Sarajevo is a beautiful city with such kind people. We had a great group attend our presentation and we learned a lot from the participants. 

January 2019

I presented a paper entitled "Spiritual Care for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Who Self-Injure" at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry's international conference, in Durham, England. Update: This was a great experience for me and I appreciated the conversation we had as a group afterwards. Lots of good questions were asked by attendees that have inspired me and made me think!

November 2018

I co-presented an interfaith paper on my lived experience of both mental health disabilities and physical disabilities at the Parliament of the World's Religions conference in Toronto alongside my friend Esther Reiser. It was a great time of sharing and discussion about how people with disabilities can be included in faith communities and what we can do better to ensure that everyone is welcome and taken care of.