FIND Symposium

Creating a Culture of Belonging

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Temple Emanu-El

8500 Hillcrest Ave

Dallas, TX 75225

Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND) is a collaboration of faith communities from churches, temples, synagogues and mosques coming together to help identify exemplary programs and create awareness of the special needs community within all faith communities. The FIND Symposium will be an opportunity to share best practices and resources with the goal of providing a sense of belonging for all.

Interpreted in American Sign Language


Registration is $65 and includes kosher lunch.



The program will include three tracks with tailored content for Parents, Educators, and Faith Leaders in Dallas. Be sure to select the track you’re planning on attending when you register.



Come explore the multitude of different ways you can encourage and empower your child or young adult with special needs to become involved in their faith community. Discover the importance of parent and guardians acting as advocates within the faith community to provide a true sense of belonging for ALL our children. Learn successful steps taken from other parents on the same path and create a community of caring with people you can reach out to with questions or concerns as you navigate this part of the journey.


Through a collaborative approach with teachers and volunteers, learn new skills to “reach and teach” all students, regardless of their special need or disability. Our focus for this track will be defining and understanding all barriers for our students with special needs and then creating alternative supportive paths to meaningful learning and self-expression, with buy-in and support from the entire team for maximum impact. Learn and share insights and strategies to motivate, involve and boost the engagement of all our students.

Faith Leader

Share best practices with clergy and all congregational staff focus on building positive connections with all congregants. Our focus for this track will be new ways to provide meaningful opportunities for engagement and providing a true sense of belonging in your place of worship. The discussions will go beyond inclusion to true integration.


Symposium Schedule

9:00AM – 9:30AM  |  Registration & Refreshments


9:40AM -10:30AM  |  Morning Keynote Speaker

Bill Gaventa, M.Div., Founder of the Collaborative on Faith and Disability & The Institute on Theology and Disability


10:45AM -11:45AM  |  Breakout Session #1 

Parent Panel -  Rhoni Golden, MPT, John French, Beth Susens, Nagla Moussa


Educator Panel  - Whitley Coulier, M.S., CCC-SLP, Eileen Kriesler, M. Ed, Cheryl Vandiver, RN, MSN,
Witek Nowosiad, M.Div.


Faith Leader Panel - Rabbi Amy Ross, M.Ed., R.J.E., Tom Hudspeth, Melissa Walden, M.S., Rev. Justin Hancock


12:00PM -1:00PM | Lunch and Learn with Afternoon Keynote Speakers

Vance Gilmore, Director Belong disABILITY, Highland Park United Methodist Church

Reverend Ramsey Patton, Associate Minister, Care and Engagement Ministries, Highland Park United Methodist Church. Kosher dairy lunch is provided.


1:15PM – 2:15PM | Breakout Session #2 

Parent Panel - Sherry Pearson, Mike and Allison Schuback, Barry Rosenberg


Educator Panel - Amy Kelton, Sherry Pearson, Hillary Stern, M.Ed., Nagla Moussa


Faith Leader Panel - Imam Nadim Bashir, Ken Kellam, Shannon Pugh, Deacon Charlie Stump, Brian Spann


2:30PM -3:30PM | Table Talks led by FIND Advisory Council Members


3:30PM-4:00PM | Closing Remarks

Our Speakers

Read about our keynote speakers and the diverse group of individuals and faith communities
on each of the three panels. 



Kosher Lunch is provided by The Market, Local Comfort Cafe

Wraps Options served with a choice of Chips, fruit, garden salad or homemade cookie


Market White Albacore Tuna Salad, Lettuce, Tomato

Onion+ Whole Wheat Wrap

Grilled assortment of Vegetable, Spinach, Feta

Vegan Pesto + White Wheat Wrap

House Egg Salad, Lettuce, Tomato

Onion + White Wheat Wraps

Salmon Salad, Capers, Onion, Cucumber,

Spinach, Markets tartar sauce + White Wheat Wraps

Gluten Free Option: Hearty Grain Salad with Protein

Contact Us

Symposium Questions can be directed to the event contact:
Director of the Special Needs Partnership,

Lorraine Friedman at or (972) 437-9950

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