The obligation to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being is binding for all the baptized.
The authority with which lay and ordained leaders are entrusted in their ministry creates an inherent power imbalance in the relationship. 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.
Safe Church Model Policies are adopted in the General Convention of The Episcopal Church and are thus intended for The Episcopal Church as a whole. The Episcopal Church in Connecticut seeks to adhere to these Model Policies through our Safe Church Training program.
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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