Brief HistoryDSF Network
The DSF Network seeks to build understanding between the disability and faith communities.It was formed to provide a legal structure for the Through the Whirlwind: Te Puta I Te Taiwhiowhio: Disability, Spirituality and Faith Conference which was held in Wellington in 2003. It continues today. It is a small network that through our publications reaches many people.
From mid 1990s there had been a growing movement in New Zealand around disability, spirituality and faith. Here are some significant dates:
|Religion, Health, Spirituality and Disability Conference Brisbane
|Attended by one kiwi. This began the relationship with Australia
|Beyond the Ramp Conference Adelaide
|Attended by four kiwis.
|Dr Nancy Eiesland The Disabled God: Towards a Liberatory Theology of Disability (1995) toured New Zealand speaking in Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin
|Holy, Wholly Accessible: Disability Policy Anglican Diocese of Wellington.
|Futures Group of the Methodist Church funding application to work with the churches ecumenically to develop a more holistic approach to disability issues.
|Ecumenical project on Disability Issues was formed
Planning started for the inaugural New Zealand gathering on Disability,Spirituality and Faith Exclusion and Embrace conference, Melbourne Australia
|Five-six kiwis attended Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network of World Council of Churches
|The Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network Aotearoa New Zealand Inc was formed
|Through the Whirlwind conference: Te Puta I te Taiwhiowhio: Disability, Spirituality and Faith Conference– proceedings on this website.
|The Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network Aotearoa New Zealand held its initial AGM.
|Bridges to Understanding: Multi-Faith Perspectives on Spirituality and Disability Conference, Sydney
|Oh Light: An anthology of writing and reflections to enrich the spirit
|Creating Welcoming Churches: a disability resource for faith communities
|Launches in Auckland and Wellington
|Creating Welcoming Churches: Large Print Version
|Launch in Dunedin
|Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality Conference Melbourne
|Ten Kiwis attended
|Planning began for a disability, spirituality conference in 2020
|Caritas Social Justice Week on Disability