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CCTheo Conversations · The Blessings of Neurodivergent Children in the Atrium
March 31, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
How do we enlarge the Kingdom of God inside our atria when we encounter a child who is neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, dyspraxic, or dyslexic)? Not only will we affirm that the children are a gift and a blessing contributing to the diverse body of Christ, but we will look at how to overcome barriers for more full participation and acceptance.
Sometimes non-neurodiverse folks feel that they do not know how or feel unable to accommodate the gifts and needs of those who are neurodiverse. Church is to be places where we reflect the diversity of a creative God who rejoices in a diverse humanity.
This conversation will offer spaces to ponder the stigmas associated with neurodivergent people, what terms are currently being used, and to discuss ways to support the child’s life in the atrium community.
Led by Kenya Cummings and Elizabeth Vice
Kenya Cummings is a Black organizer and minister from the South. They are the lead writer for Community in Trouble Times: a Biblical exploration of Luke 13. The little people in their life have been members of atria, and they have a strong affiliation with the pedagogy of CGS. Kenya is also neurodiverse.
Elizabeth Vice (she, her) began her journey as an educator at the feet of her mother who loved learning and sharing with others. Elizabeth has years of training and education in human development, the Montessori pedagogy (3-6, 6-12, 12-15), and theology. At Two Rivers, Methodist, she combines all of these skills as their Children’s Theologian. She lives in Charleston, SC with her partner Daniel and loves bouldering, reading, and feeling the ground beneath her bare feet.
This conversation will be hosted on Zoom
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