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The Inclusive Faith Project Team

Abdulla Shiblaq – Disability Lead and Co-facilitator

Abdulla is a youth facilitator and youth worker. He has lived experience of disability and is of Muslim faith. Abdulla holds a postgraduate qualification in counselling and is passionate about capturing people’s stories and experiences in authentic and empowered ways.  

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Jill Shaw – Faith Lead and Co-facilitator

Jill Shaw informs and guides the Inclusive Faith Project around diversity in the areas of faith and religion. Jill is a chaplain at Massey University, and a volunteer with youth from refugee backgrounds, with a special interest in religious diversity in all areas, influence, and diverse sacred literatures. Jill is an international speaker, published writer, and consultant, whose previous work includes consultation with groups such as The United Nations.

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Sonia Thursby – Co-facilitator

Sonia Thursby has worked in the disability space for more than 40 years and is a person of faith. As the CEO of YES Disability Resource Centre Sonia actively works to support young people to be their best. Sonia is a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to people with disabilities.   

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Together we can increase our understanding and design a non-disabling faith community.

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Hui participants from
Kaitaia to Invercargill

11 co-design hui nationwide

Rangatahi hui

Online hui

12 different faiths

Diverse range of disabilities 


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