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,

It is hard to believe that Faith Inclusion Network (FIN) has been striving to bring together our Hampton Roads, VA community on issues of faith, disability and inclusion for more than five years. In this time, we have hosted numerous networking luncheons, three “That All May Worship” Conferences and many other community events. In the process, we have helped establish, encourage and celebrate the beginning of many disability ministries in our area’s faith communities, and have learned from local and national experts about what really makes faith communities welcoming and accessible.

During the 2013-14 academic year, our work in the community expands with the opening of our FIN Resource Center, a first home of sorts, for FIN, housed at First Lutheran Church of Norfolk on Colley Ave. Regular hours will be set so that anyone interested can browse through a large collection of faith and disability resources and borrow items if needed. Maybe even more importantly, a FIN resource expert will be available to answer questions or talk about your efforts at your own faith community.

We will also be hosting four main events in the community this year. Be sure to check in on our website or read through FIN News for information about networking meetings/luncheons in September and November, our second bi-annual “Gifts of the Heart” Celebration in January and an Autism and Faith workshop in March. With exception of the “Gifts of the Heart” Celebration, which also serves as a fundraising event, all events are free and only require registration.

Should you have found us on the web as you were searching on topics of faith and disability, I urge you to contact us at kjackson@faithinclusionnetwork.org to share your efforts on inclusion, no matter where you live. The work of FIN, the passion that our board members and members at large exhibit for faith, disability and inclusion in faith communities is one that is easily and happily shared beyond our Hampton Roads, VA community. We look forward to hearing from you.

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.