Rev. Matt Arguin (he/him) serves as a priest in the Diocese of Huron in the Anglican Church of Canada. As a full-time wheelchair user, he has a special interest in theology and disability. His vocation has included working with youth, running a dedicated street outreach to poor and vulnerable communities in London, Ontario, and serving as associate priest for the Regional Ministry between the Church of St. Jude and St. Alban the Martyr. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he joined the staff of the Winter Interim Solution to Homelessness, now named Wish to Be Home (WISH), as a Full-Time Support Worker for people who have recently experienced homelessness.
Erin Brown (she/her) is a disability activist and organizer colleagues call a “one-woman powerhouse of advocacy for the disability community in the Bahamas.” A celebrated Paralympic triathlete and an advocate for community-based support for people with disabilities in the Bahamas, Brown is a disability inclusion consultant and a community organizer who works to improve disabled people’s access to health care and education. Spurred in part by the tremendous devastation Hurricane Dorian caused in 2019, she has become a leading advocate for disability-inclusive disaster preparedness and for disability equity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rabbi Elliot Kukla (he/they) is a rabbi, author, artist, and activist whose practice of radical spiritual care braids his commitment to social justice with his expertise in tending to the experience of grief, dying, and the realities of being and becoming ill or disabled. Elliot is a faculty member at Svara: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, a learning community that empowers queer and trans people through the spiritual study of traditional Jewish texts. He directs the Communal Loss and Adaptation Project (CLAP), a program that provides spiritual care for communal loss by centering the adaptive wisdom of frontline queer, disabled, and BIPOC communities. For more than decade, Elliot served as a rabbi at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, where he co-directed an award-winning volunteer spiritual care hospice program. His essays have been featured numerous times in The New York Times, as well as many other anthologies and magazines. In 2006, Elliot was the first openly transgender rabbi to be ordained by a mainstream denomination, at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.
Naomi Ortiz (they/she) is a disabled Mestize writer and visual artist living in the Arizona US/Mexico borderlands whose intersectional work focuses on disability justice, eco-justice, and relationship with place. Their book, Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice, draws on decades of experience in self-advocacy and social justice work to help activists tap into spiritual tools for responding to exhaustion, grief, and burnout. In 2021, Ortiz was awarded a Border Narrative Grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures for her multidisciplinary project, Complicating Conversations between Disability Justice and Eco-justice in the Arizona Borderlands.
Marina Heron (Tsaplina) (she/her) is a Russian-born, Lenapehoking (NYC) based disability performing artist, writer, and independent scholar who forms participatory poetic enchantments. She co-founded and was the Lead Artist of Remagine Medicine at Duke University, where she refined an artistic training curriculum for clinicians, Embodiment, Disability and Puppetry. She was a Kienle Scholar in the Medical Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine, and the Strategy and Action Lead of New York #insulin4all. Her 2021 Dream Puppet installation, created for an endangered ancient forest in the Yaak Valley, Montana, was featured on the cover of Orion Magazine along with the article Animate Earth: the poetic knowledges of ancient forests and disabled communities. Marina is a visiting artist at Duke University, where she also holds a research residency to develop her current work, Soil and Spirit.