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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Prophets & Seers

Prophets and Seers: 5th Annual Conference on Disability and Church in partnership with Inclusive ChurchSt Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2016.

This annual conference is not merely about disabled people but is organised by and for disabled people, supporters and people with an interest in issues around disability. Over the two-day event participants can listen to speakers, join in small group discussions and take part in events including a screening of the film Notes on Blindness. Organised by St Martin-in the Fields and Inclusive Church, the 2016 conference takes its inspiration from Professor John Hull, a long term supporter of this event, who called disabled people to challenge the church with a distinct prophetic ministry.

Saturday 15 October 10.30am-4.30pm in St Martin’s Hall
Prophets and Seers: Calling from the Edge

Day 1 includes speakers and small group discussions to explore the issues arising from their talks and consider how we can resource each other and the church. Speakers include:

· Ann Memmott, who is autistic, author of the guidelines for autism for the Church of England and an autism adviser to churches and organisations throughout the country

· Emily Jane Richardson, a tweeter and blogger

· Fr Alex Gowing-Cumber, a self-supporting Anglican priest, artist, life coach and soul companion, chaplain and creative therapist for adults with learning disabilities or dementia.

The day also features a silent space, a marketplace, panel discussion and liturgy, with a range of contributors including Rev Tim Goode, Southwark Diocesan Disability Advisor, Rev Dr June Boyce Tillman MBE, Professor of Applied Music, University of Winchester, composer, hymn writer and priest; Miriam Hodson expert by experience, mental health consultant and play therapist; Fiona MacMillan, chair of the Disability Advisory Group at St Martin-in-the Fields and a trustee of Inclusive Church; Revd Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar for Partnerships at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Priest-in-charge at St Stephen Walbrook, and Bob Callaghan, National Coordinator, Inclusive Church

Tickets are £20 | £10 concessions and are available from

Sunday 16 October Prophets and Seers: Calling to the Heart
10.00am-11.30am in church

On Day 2 all are welcome in church at 10.00am for a Eucharist and healing service for St Luke’s Day reflecting on the themes of the weekend and using liturgy written by St Martin’s Disability Advisory Group and Healing Team. The service includes the laying on of hands and anointing with oil, accompanied by prayers for healing for yourself, someone else or the wider world.

No tickets are required for the service.

Notes on Blindness
2.00pm-4.30pm in St Martin’s Hall

A screening of the acclaimed documentary film Notes on Blindness will take place in St Martin’s Hall. The film is based on John Hull’s audio diaries, as he reflected on his journey into blindness. Joining us for the screening are the filmmakers and Marilyn Hull. To book your free film ticket, please go to


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