are you still speaking?
In a word, YES.
But it's a little more complicated than that. As you'll see below, the majority of my previous engagements were in conservative evangelical settings. I still feel at home in those spaces, but now I'm finding myself less and less welcome there. I'm not sure where I belong anymore.
And I'm okay with that.
Most people scheduling events like a little more clarity than that, though. Saying "I'm messy, and I'm meeting God in the mess in a whole new way" doesn't fit with the idol of certainty we tend to worship in the American church. If that doesn't fit with what you'd like, that's fair. But if you're willing to take a risk on having a keynote or conference speaker who loves Jesus both inside and outside of the lines, I'd love to talk.
July 2016: Radio interview about trauma & church inclusion, Moody Radio Cleveland
May 2016: Christian Alliance For Orphans (CAFO) Summit, Orlando, FL
April 2016: Accessibility Summit, McLean, VA
April 2016: A Church For Everyone, McAllen, TX
February 2016: Refresh Conference, Seattle, WA
January 2016: Evangelicals For Life, Washington, D.C.
November 2015: How to Be a Welcoming Church for Special Needs Foster & Adoptive Families webinar; Christian Alliance For Orphans, online
November 2015: Together For Adoption, Durham, NC
October 2015: Guest on the Adoption Perspectives Radio Show, online (listen here)
October 2015: LifeWay's Kids Ministry Conference, Nashville, TN
September 2015: Joni & Friends Irresistible Church Southeast Disability Ministry Summit, Charlotte, NC
May 2015: Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit, Nashville, TN
April 2015: Accessibility Summit, McLean, VA
February 2015: Global Access Conference, Los Angeles, CA
2014 and earlier
May 2014: Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit, Chicago, IL
April 2013: Bifrost Arts' Cry of the Poor conference, Philadelphia, PA
September 2012: D6 Family Ministry conference, Dallas, TX
April 2012: Accessibility Summit, McLean, VA
interested in having me speak at your event?
At the bottom of this page, you'll find a list of recent topics, but I'm happy to discuss something specific to your needs. I'm also open to expanding any blog post into a talk as well, so let me know if you've read something of mine that you love!
(And, yes, if you Google my name, you'll find political content, but I've been a national speaker for years without talking politics. As such, I usually don't go there unless asked. My theology drives my politics, not the other way around.)
speaking topics from past events
Embracing Imperfection: Showing Up for Others and Yourself
Unhandicapped Community: The Five Stages of Disability Attitudes
Messy Middles: When Life Isn't Packaged with a Tidy Bow
Saying Yes to Inclusion: Stories of Disability-Welcoming Churches
Already Enough Already: How the Full Sufficiency of Christ Makes Us Fully Sufficient
Smelling of Smoke: When We Don't Leave Our Daniel 3 Furnace Unharmed
The Spiritual Act of Self Care (And Why It Isn't Selfish)
Unsanctioned Faith: Loving Those Who We Are Told to Condemn
No Shame: Parenting Kids with HIV & Other Stigmatized Conditions
Entering Community Scared: Brave Enough to Be Better Together
Tattooed with Shame: How We Are Meant for So Much More
But I Never Wanted to Be a Special Needs Mom! Living the Life You Never Imagined
Discussing Differences with Our Kids: Frank Conversations about Race, Disability, and More
Church After Sexual Assault: Trusting Others After Experiencing Spiritual Trauma
Survivor-Safe Church: 10 Ways to Be a Safe Place for Survivors
Pro-Life, All Life: How the Bible Calls Us to Value Life at All Stages and of All Abilities
Growing Up Disabled: Shared Humanity Across All Abilities and Ages
Post-Placement Church: Five Ways to Love Foster & Adoptive Families Well
When God Met Me in a Bar: & Others Stories of the Unlikely Divine
Can We Do This? Myths & Truths of Special Needs Adoption & Foster Care
Trauma 101: What We Need to Know to Love Well
Inclusive Ministry 101: The Nuts & Bolts of Special Needs Ministry
Making Sense of Sensory Issues: Creating Sensory-Sensitive Learning Environments
Teaching ALL Learners: Modifications & Accommodations for Kids of All Abilities
Loving the Unique Design of Each Child: Thriving and Not Just Surviving as a Parent
Family Ministry in the World of Disability: Case Studies for Supporting Special Needs Families
What Does the Bible Say About Disability? (Hint: A Lot.)
Being the Mom of "That Kid" and Coming to Church Despite the Stares
and more, so please reach out if you're looking for something not listed here!