Whenever a church member or leader is accused and arrested for a criminal sexual offense, there are serious repercussions in the entire community, both in and outside the church.
On January 21, Classis Hamilton had another gathering of Safe Church Leaders at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC where we heard a presentation from Hamilton Wentworth Children's Aid Society.
There are a variety of good practices out there for screening volunteers and staff, I'd love to hear some of your practices, and reviews of screening companies.
What is the good news for us at Epiphany as congregations strive to be a safe place to welcome the Christ child, each of God’s children, into? These few teachings stand out to me as we gather with the magi on Epiphany Sunday.
Nancy shares memories from her life, which was characterized by domestic abuse for many years. Despite the pain and loss, she finds hope for each day, and the strength that she needs, in her precious Lord, Jesus.
In a Ted Talk by Jackson Katz he urges for a paradigm shift to name men’s responsibility in ending violence against women, rather than continuing to consider it “a women’s issue.” It is a story, struggle, and call for the whole Body.
What are we to make of all the sexual assault allegations we’re hearing? And how are we to respond, as the church, when we hear these stories, and address allegations in our own congregations? Here's a resource that can help.
Across the Body of Christ, fellow sisters and brothers are speaking up against abuse, sharing stories, and seeking to follow Jesus' way in creating and sustaining safe places for all!
This was one of those conferences that doesn’t just fade away from your memory once you return home. On the contrary, I was inspired to do more, study more, read more, and be a stronger advocate for victims of abuse.