Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up.

HeartEdge series -  Shut In, Shut out, Shut Up -  Fridays, 16:30-18:00 BST  

Since 2012 the Living Edge conferences have held space for disabled and neurodivergent people to gather, to resource each other and the church. In this HeartEdge series we'll share some of this experience, exploring issues and ideas across current practice and systemic barriers, outmoded belief and cutting edge thinking.  Come and join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan and

  1. 11 September - Disabled people, church & coronavirus with Naomi Lawson Jacobs, Rachel Noel (Register for a zoom invite at   
  2. 18 September - Neurodiversity & church with Ann Memmott, Rachel Noel (Register for a zoom invite at
  3. 25 September - Disability & church with Tim Goode, Zoe Heming (Register for a zoom invite at

Fiona MacMillan  is a disability advocate, practitioner, speaker and writer.  She chairs  the Disability Advisory Group at St Martin in the Fields and is a trustee of Inclusive Church. Fiona leads the planning team for their annual partnership conference, now in its 9th year.

Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs  is a researcher, disability advocate and trainer, whose PhD on disabled people’s experiences of churches was published in 2019. Naomi is currently co-writing a book on disability, churches and social justice.

Revd Rachel Noel known locally as the Pink Vicar, is Priest in Charge of St Mark’s Church, Pennington, Diocese of Winchester. Creative, colourful, enthusiastic, autistic, ADHD, bipolar, and vulnerable to covid, she is passionate about diversity and inclusion. Rachel leads a church that has embraced online and is excited about the potential barriers that are opened up this season.

Ann Memmott is the author of the Church of England autism guidelines, and a member of the St Martin in the Fields/Inclusive Church disability conference planning team.  Ann is a national adviser on neurodivergent inclusion, working with a variety of organisations, and a regular contributor to Radio 4's Prayer for the Day.

Canon Tim Goode is Rector of St Margaret’s Lee and Disability Advisor for Southwark Diocese. He is a member of the Church of England's General Synod and its National Disability Task Group, as well as a Vocations Advisor. Tim is an Inclusive Church ambassador and a member of the disability conference planning team.

Revd Zoe Heming is a creative, wheelchair-using Church of England vicar. with a passion for sharing faith in new ways.  Zoe is also the Enabling Adviser for Lichfield Diocese and a very active member of General Synod.