The Diocese of Ohio is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion represented in the United States by The Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Church of Ohio ministers in our Church and in our communities in many inspiring ways.
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 leaders — ordained persons, adults who minister with minors (children and youth), youth in leadership roles, and adults who minister with vulnerable humans — are entrusted, creates an inherent power imbalance in the pastoral relationship. 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.
The Safe Church program encompasses three main components:
Safe Church is currently transitioning to a new system. In the meantime, please contact Mary Ann Semple, Diocesan Resource Center Coordinator, to set up a training.
The 2015 General Convention called for creation of an updated and expanded set of policies designed to create safe and welcoming space for all children and youth in our communities and those engaged in ministry with children and youth, and to prevent sexual abuse.
We encourage each parish to adopt a Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse.
Sites and phone numbers for organizations and agencies useful in educating, preventing, and reporting child sexual abuse and misconduct and child abuse and neglect.
Resources for clergy and lay leaders.
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