Our goal is to connect people with disabilities and their families to faith communities that are welcoming and genuinely want to include everyone.
We also want to help faith communities become more inclusive by connecting them with resources and providing networking opportunities at conferences and meetings throughout the year.
Letter from the Director
Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads website. Here we hope you will find local and national resources, a listing of local inclusive faith communities you may like to visit and inspiration in your efforts to include people with disabilities into the life of our congregations. Whatever or whoever brings you to this site, we hope to help you in some way to learn more about faith inclusion and perhaps even encourage you to become a part of our active, interfaith, non-profit organization.

During the 2014-15 academic year, our sixth full year offering faith and disability related events to the Hampton Roads community, we are especially excited to host our fourth bi-annual conference, That All May Worship-2015 on Friday, March 20 at Lynnhaven United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Leaders in the national faith and disabilities community, including Rev. Bill Gaventa, Erik Carter, Shelly Christensen, David Morstad and Milton Tyree, among others, will be joining us from around the country to share their expertise. Look for opportunities to sponsor starting in October, 2014 and vendor and participant registration in November-December. This is going to be one conference you will not want to miss! If you are interested in being part of the growing faith inclusion efforts in our region and want to learn from national experts in the field, this is your opportunity. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for checking in at our website. Should you have questions, information to share or just want to say hello, please feel free to contact me at the email or phone below.

Karen Jackson
Director, Faith Inclusion Network

The World Health Organization estimates that 2 of every 10 children in the developing world are disabled either physically, intellectually or both. Most of the children who have special needs world-wide are not registered at birth, and have no official or legal status– they may not be counted, but they still count. Special Hope Network is a faith-based organization working in Zambia, Africa that was created to encourage, support, and train existing programs. We also provide economic solutions to address the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Zambian community. We are looking for partners in this mission:

Are you ready to help? www.specialhopenetwork.com


Faith communities, service providers, businesses, families and individuals make up our diverse network, an interfaith collation of people supporting the vision to make faith accessible to all.

Please visit the “Faith Communities” page for detailed information about our faith communities and their programs. You can find information about our network “Service Providers” on the Resource page. All of these organizations have shown a commitment to supporting inclusive congregations by participating in FIN events or having established inclusive programs and/or disability advocates in place.

If your faith community or service provider organization shares our mission and would like to be included on our website,
please contact us at kjackson@faithinclusionnetwork.org.