Creative Justice is the theme of the fourth conference run by A Deeper Communion, a network that connects Canadian ministry leaders, practitioners, and academics at the intersection of disability and theology.

How do we influence our churches and organizations to nurture adaptive communities that work for the just consideration of all in society? This season of continued disruption and change presents unique opportunities to recalibrate how we express our solidarity and concern for every person, regardless of their life situation. Creative Justice explores the beautiful and innovative ways our faith communities and ecclesial leaders can build constructive pathways of mutuality and concern reaching every part of society. This conference will facilitate a deep conversation led by church leaders and leading experts with and without disabilities on the theme.

We look forward to your participation and contribution in helping to shape another meaningful experience together. 


Plenary Speakers

Brian Doerksen

Brian Doerksen’s songs (‘Refiner’s Fire’ ‘Faithful One’) are sung in faith communities around the world. In 2008, Brian received a JUNO award for ‘Holy God’ (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year) and in 2014 at the Covenant Awards he received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Gospel Music Association of Canada. Brian continues to write new songs and is the director of a new online songwriting program called ‘Unlocking Your Songs’. His 6 adult children include 2 sons with special needs, and he lives with his wife of 38 years Joyce and their family in Abbotsford, BC.


Dr. Amy Kenny

Dr. Amy Kenny is a disabled scholar whose writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Sojourners, Shondaland, Reader’s Digest, Huff Post, and in her book, My Body Is Not a Prayer Request. She coordinates support for people experiencing homelessness in her neighbourhood, and is a co-founder of Jubilee Homes OC, a permanent supportive housing initiative in her local community.  She is currently launching the Disability Cultural Initiative at Georgetown University, a role that seeks to celebrate the diverse disability community and cultivate a culture of access across campus.


Save the Date

Saturday, June 10, 2023
10:30am – 4:30pm EST (8:30am – 2:30pm MST)

In-person at McMaster Divinity College, 1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON
In-person at Ambrose University, 150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary, AB
Online livestream via Zoom



All times in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Time Session
10:30 – 11:45 AM Worship and Morning Plenary – Brian Doerksen
11:45 – 1:00 PM “TED Talk” Presentations
1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch (provided)
2:00 – 3:00 PM Afternoon Plenary – Dr. Amy Kenny
3:00 – 4:30 PM Breakout Sessions


Call For Papers

Our call for papers is now open. We welcome proposals on all aspects and from various perspectives (pastoral, personal, ministerial, academic, etc.) on our theme. Selected papers will be grouped into parallel sessions. Please submit your proposal using the form below. The deadline for proposals is April 14, 2023.

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A Deeper Communion is a network of organizations that connects Canadian ministry leaders, practitioners, and academics at the intersection of disability and theology.