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Safe Church Renewal Trainings Now Available Online

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The Diocese of Oregon is now offering an online option for renewing the following required trainings:

1.) Safeguarding God’s Children and
2.) Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation.

The following people are required to take these trainings:

Safeguarding God’s Children 

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees
  • All wardens and vestry/BAC members
  • All volunteers (age 16 and over) who work with children and youth. Volunteers age 12-14 are welcome to attend if accompanied by a parent. We do not recommend this training for children under the age of 12.

Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation 

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees and unpaid staff members
  • All unpaid lay leadership (wardens, vestry/BAC members, members of other boards)
  • All others who volunteer themselves for church-related service
  • The following ministers licensed under Canon III.4: Pastoral Leaders, Worship Leaders, Preachers, Eucharistic visitors, and Catechists
  • Other persons who have pastoral relationships (Stephen ministers, spiritual directors, counselors, peer mentors, life coaches, etc.)

Our current Sexual Abuse Prevention Policies are available in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Face-to-Face and Online Training. The first time anyone takes Safeguarding God’s Children or Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Preventing Sexual Exploitation, it is to be at a face-to-face training session led by our diocesan Safe Church Trainers. Exceptions may be granted by the Bishop to allow first time training to be completed online rather than face-to-face training. Contact the Rev. Canon Carol Sedlacek at carols@diocese-oregon.org to request an exception.

Renewals may be taken either face-to-face or online. Beginning in 2018, training must be renewed every five (5) years.

If you would like to renew your training please email The Rev. Canon Carol Sedlacek at carols@diocese-oregon.org.

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