EDN conference 2018

Latvia is a country sandwiched between Russia in the east and Sweden in the west.

In this it connects two very different cultures and ways of life. At the EDN conference we want Europeans from different backgrounds to make new friends over the three days. The internet enables us to be in contact with the whole world, but this conference will give us the chance to get to know people from beyond our day-to-day horizons. We want to focus on inclusion in Europe and not separation! Come and join us building bridges between people with different backgrounds, with- and without disabilities. It will enrich us to share our lives with others from east and west, people with and without disabilities, people with the kind of life experience that we can all learn from. Let’s look at the challenges we face and discover solutions together.

We can learn about God too, for we share the same planet as human beings created in God’s image to support and learn from each other.

How can the foundation of Europe’s culture, Christian faith, give us new hope and perspective in construction and building up our future together in new relations?

Come and cross the bridge to Latvia and connect with people who will enrich your life as you enrich theirs.

Location: Tallink Hotel Riga, Elizabetes 24, Riga, Latvia




27.04.2018 Friday

14:00 Arrival, registration, settling in the rooms

18:00 Dinner

19:30 Opening and evening program

28.04.2018 Saturday

7:30 Breakfast

9:30 Devotion and Worship: RELIEVE

10:00 Does time heal all wounds? Ineta Lansdowne, Latvia

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 More than words – reaching people with learning disabilities. Pete & Christine Winmill UK

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Break/Walking tour in Riga (voluntary)

16:00 Networking

18:00 Dinner

19:00 Open evening with concert

29.04.2018 Sunday

7:30 Breakfast

9:30 Church service: RELEASE

10:55 Making group photo

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 How to start and develop services for people with disabilities? Sergii&Natalia Bolchuk Ukraine

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Break

15:00 Welcome and information about seminars

15:30 Seminar 1

16:45 Seminar 2

18:00 Dinner

19:30 Evening program: How can people with disabilities change Europe?

30.04.2018 Monday

7:30 Breakfast

9:30 Devotion and Worship: REPLACE

10:00 Inclusion Makes an Impact

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Conclusion

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Leaving



  • Pete Winmill (UK) More Than Words – Reaching People with Learning Disabilities
  • Roman Scamoni (Austria) Inclusion Makes an Impact
  • Sergey and Nataly Bolchuk (Ukraine) How to Start and Develop Services for People with Disabilities?
  • Ineta Lansdowne (Latvia) Does Time Heal All Wounds?


  • Trusting God with Finances
  • Ministry Branding and Marketing
  • Vision from Blind people: Blindness and church.
  • Bridge between church and disability
  • Biblical view of disability

Costs: 250€ (covers everything except ticket to Latvia and back)

200€ (“early birds” till January 1, 2018)

80€ (without housing and breakfast)


Registration is only valuable after receiving payment

If you need help with the cost please contact EDN or Wings for Wheels


Payment information  European Disability Network

Int. bank a/c no: BE 09335011553857

Swift Code: BBRUBEBB Address: ING Genk

Europalaan 40-42; B – Genk – Belgium

European disability Network

Peperhofstraat 58 – B – 3600 Genk

Tel./Fax.: 00 32 (0)89 38 55 64

e-mail: therese.swinters (at)

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