The Rapidian

Universal Design for Worship: Shaping worship for people of all abilities

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Prince Conference Center

1800 E Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids 49546

In partnership with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, CLC Network is pleased to host this event for congregations and worshiping communities who want practical ways to implement universal design in worship.

“Universal design” is now standard for architecture: we don’t want to retrofit buildings to make them accessible, we want to build them that way from the start. What would it look like for this vision to be extended to the worship services we plan and lead and for all ministries of the church? What if we didn’t need to retrofit our planning to be accommodating to persons with a wide range of abilities and disabilities, but planned them that way from the start?

When ‘universal design’ elements are in place, many more people can find a home in worship. In fact, the worshiping community as a whole will benefit from the changes and additions, making them ‘universally’ helpful. At times, additional adaptations are needed to strengthen the contributions of individuals with particular needs or challenges. It’s good to ask them: How can we best welcome and serve you?


We encourage you to attend with a group. The cost includes lunch and a resource bag for all.

$15 Group rate (per person) 2 or more members from a church or worshiping community

$30 Individual rate


Please register on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website. 

Event Type: Lectures 

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