Sharing stories of disability, brokenness, and liberation
Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda for the Children
Friday 12:00pm | Bridge
People with disabilities are a part of every race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation yet have a unique culture. They face a common discrimination leading to abuse, neglect, and even murder. This happens in faith communities around the world regardless of the economic status of the country.
Cynthia Bauer will facilitate a conversation related to the challenges and joys related to disability that she began at the 2016 Wild Goose Festival. Born without her left hand, Cynthia will play her guitar and share about her own life and work with families impacted by disabilities in Africa creating a safe space for others to share their stories related to disability. Although 1 billion people around the world have disabilities, justice conversations rarely include this group. Therefore, we will also collaborate on ways people with disabilities can be more fully included in our communities and dialogues.
Through her example, speaking, writing, and networking, Cynthia advocates for children with disabilities in Kenya, Tanzania, and the U.S. with increasing global interest. Cynthia co-founding “Kupenda for the Children”, with a Kenyan teacher, is narrated in a recently published book “An Unlikely Gift.” Born without her left hand, Cynthia was moved to action when she learned of the stigmas connected to disability in Kenya. Cynthia encourages others with disabilities to meet their God-given potential by sharing the message of God’s inclusive love in multiple ways including playing her guitar to demonstrate what is possible when opportunities are available to everyone.
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