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Universal Design for 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?


Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

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?

This day-long seminar at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is for congregations and worshiping communities who want practical ways to implement universal design in worship.

Online registration will close Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 am (EST). After that time, please call our office to ask about registration availability: 616-526-6088.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m., Check-in at the Prince Conference Center Great Hall

9:00 a.m., Opening Psalm and Prayer

Pink and Green Puzzle Pieces

Barbara J. Newman

What’s Your Plan A for Universal Design?

Common themes for embracing universal design.

Living Out the Vision of Universal Design for Worship

Round table discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch together

1:00 p.m. What’s Your Plan B?

Adaptive accommodations for living out the opportunities and challenges with universal design for worship.

Receiving Universal Design for Worship Into the Long- Arc of Christian Living

Opportunities for Sustained Learning

3:20 - 3:30 p.m.  Closing Psalm and Prayer


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

This event is sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the CLC Network

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You are also invited to attend a Leadership Training Event later in the evening of September 13.

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