Events Calendar

Practicing the Wesleyan means of grace though conference, scholarship, and studying


  • The United Nations General Assembly has designated April 2 each year as World Autism Awareness Day.

  • April 15 is National ASL Day, remembering the first Deaf school opening in 1817. Link to website.

  • May 1-3, 2020: Abilities Expo, New Jersey Expo Center. Link to website.

  • May 18-21, 2020: (CANCELED OR DELAYED) Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, Western Theological Seminary, Holland MI. Link to website and registration.

  • May 29-31, 2020: Abilities Expo, Toronto. Link to website..

  • June 12-14, 2020: Abilities Expo, Schaumburg IL. Link to website.

  • POSTPONED - July 19-25, 2020: Joint conference of ELDA, UMCD, and UMC-DHM Lake Buena Vista FL.
    July 19-21, Certified Lay Servant: class information and registration
    July 21-25: Finding the Hero In You conference: information and registration
  • July 31-August 2, 2020: Abilities Expo, Houston TX. Link to website.

  • July 26, 1990: Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law. Link to website
  • August 7-8, 2020, Deaf Ministry Summit
    Grace UMC, Philadelphia
  • September 11-13, 2020: Abilities Expo, Phoenix AZ. Link to website.

  • September 23: International Day of Sign Languages.

  • October 12 - November 20, 2020: Be A Disciple, Theology of ministry with people with disabilities
  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
  • March 1: Annual National Day of Mourning for disabled people killed by family members or others. Link to website.
  • March 3: World Hearing Day, designated by World Health Organization to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world.
  • March 21: World Down Syndrome Day. This date was chosen because Down syndrome occurs when there are three copies of the 21st chromosome.
  • October 20-24, 2021 (tentative)
    Fifth Global Methodist Missions Conference.


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