Saturday May 16, 2020 Basic Sexual Ethics
9:30 AM – 3 PM
Faith UMC, 1290 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, PA 17543
Presenter – Linda Crockett – Director of Safe Communities
CEU’s are available. Light refreshments and lunch are provided.
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For more information contact Rev. Jacqueline Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-963-1721.
Reducing the Risk of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse: Boundary training for Religious Leaders in Today’s World
In today’s rapidly changing cultural environment, and in the wake of the #Metoo and #Churchtoo movements, the boundaries you thought were appropriate a few years ago may not, in fact, be acceptable today.
In this workshop for today’s leaders, we’ll cover two main areas that require particular scrutiny: reducing the risk of sexual misconduct with adults, and sexual abuse of children. Case studies and time for discussion will be incorporated into each area.
Sexual Misconduct with Adults: We’ll focus on boundaries clergy and other leaders need to hold in interactions with staff, volunteers, and congregants – at church, and in social situations. We’ll explore how any interaction involving touch can be experienced quite differently by either party, or by those who witness it. Counseling, mentoring and other activities will be viewed not only through an interpersonal lens, but also how boundaries can be built into policy, practice and environments to reduce risk of misconduct and support healthy and healing interactions.
Sexual Abuse of Children: From the PA grand jury report documenting more than 300 priests and other leaders violating more than 1,000 children to the seemingly endless revelations about churches of all denominations failing to protect children, today’s religious leaders must be savvy and smart when it comes to reducing risk in your congregation. We’ll look at boundaries all leaders should adhere to involving children and youth, and at the common but contentious issues that arise when a known child sexual offender is included in your congregation without appropriate boundaries.
Linda was the visionary behind the development and design of Safe Communities (formerly Samaritan Safe Church/Safe Places) in 2011. This program grew out of her work as a consultant to congregations experiencing the often contentious dynamics that occur when a child is molested by a lay or ordained leader. Prior to starting Safe Church, she head up the Clergy and Congregational Care Program at Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster, PA. Under her leadership, Safe Church expanded to a national training platform. In 2016, she began work with the newly formed cohort of grantees and fellows of the Just Beginnings Collaborative on social movement building to end child sexual abuse. Her work focuses on shifting culture in congregational and other key settings so that adults are proactive about protecting children from sexual abuse throughout the community, creating a web of Safe Places with trusted adults.
Linda’s first book “The Deepest Wound: How a Journey to El Salvador Led to Healing from Mother-Daughter Incest” (Writer’s Showcase) was published in 2001. As a church volunteer and activist, she accompanied refugees and survivors of torture during the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s, working with church and human rights organizations. The book includes her personal narrative of childhood sexual abuse, intertwined with the violence experienced by the Salvadoran people. The Deepest Wound was awarded first place in the “Life Stories” category by Writer’s Digest in March 2003. The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling recommends its use in seminary and graduate school classrooms, and by therapists and pastoral care providers. She also contributed to Render Unto God: Economic Vulnerability, Family Violence and Pastoral Theology (Chalice Press, 2002; Poling, James; Ruiz, Brenda; Crockett, Linda), a cross cultural economic analysis of sexual abuse and domestic violence.