Safe Church

Our Mission

To seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human.


Safe Church equips the parishes within ECCT in abuse awareness, prevention, and response via 4 different types of Training:

  • Re-Certification
  • Comprehensive
  • In-Person and Virtual
  • English and Spanish

Safe Church Goals

  • Foster communities where the value where all are honored.
  • Create safe spaces where people are free to worship and spiritual growth is welcomed free from abuse.
  • Instill action plans where compassion and justice generate healing when abuse has occurred.

Database for Safe Church Resources:


Safe Church Model Policies are adopted in the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church in Connecticut seeks to adhere to these Model Policies through our Safe Church Training Sessions.

The authority in which lay and ordained leaders are entrusted within their ministry creates an inherent power imbalance, This is particularly true for those working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. This power imbalance derives from the leadership role and, in the case of clergy, the symbolic authority of an ordained person. Christian leadership is intended to provide occasions for guidance and grace, and its abuse is always and unequivocally wrong.

We as Safe Church intend to address this by incorporating tools and resources to create a more balanced environment.

Primary contact for Safe ChurchBernice Jackson 
Contact email addressbjackson@episcopalct.org
Contact phone number203-639-3501, ext. 116

Our baptismal vocation is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. Unity, not uniformity. Unity where our differences are blessed, where we come together in the fullness of who we are. So being about creating a safe church is being about God’s mission in the world-to restore all of us to unity with God and each other in Christ.

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Emeritus