UM Sexual Ethics

Resources for Prevention and Response

“The Way of Integrity”

PARTICIPANT & LEADER GUIDES

Inspired by The Integrity Project at Emory University, this curriculum was developed to encourage living in right relationship with self and others within the faith communities of our local UM ministries.

Through deep exploration of scripture and other resources, participants will give intentional attention to core values and the development of self-awareness in all they do.

This resource is easily adaptable to a sermon series, use in spiritual formation groups, Sunday School classes, youth ministry, campus ministry, and other settings. The four-session study is free for download.

To order physical copies, contact GCSRW at [email protected]

The Way of Integrity Participants' Guide

THE WAY OF INTEGRITY

PARTICIPANTS' GUIDE

This guide includes four study sessions.
The Way of Integrity Leader's Guide

THE WAY OF INTEGRITY

LEADERS' GUIDE

This curriculum was developed to encourage living in right relationship with self and others within the faith communities of our local UM ministries.

FREE DOWNLOAD FOR LEADERS' GUIDE

“#MeToo Toolkit”
Resources for a Faithful Response

The #MeToo Toolkit has been developed by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) which joins others around the world in addressing the prevalence and problem of sexual misconduct throughout our Church and society.

The #MeToo movement, founded by Tarana Burke, an African-American activist, has seemed like the Spirit of Truth moving through our world, uncovering that which has been hidden in plain sight for decades.

The toolkit offers resources of printed materials, links to important websites, as well as suggestions for participatory conversations designed to encourage dialogue to help people identify, understand, and respond to the reality of sexual misconduct. All of which are intended to help guide people to a deeper understanding of the problem of sexual misconduct and resources/beliefs of The United Methodist Church in response to this problem.

Sexual conduct by a ministerial leader is a difficult subject. The decision to come forward and file a formal complaint which names the offense involves much courage. We hope the information on this website will be helpful to you in assuring you sexual misconduct is about the abuse of power. It is about leaders failing to uphold the fiduciary duty to always act in the best interest of the other. Contact us if we can assist you during this time.

#METOO TOOLKIT

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#METOO TOOLKIT

This toolkit has resources to encourage dialogue to help people identify, understand and respond to the reality of sexual misconduct.

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Sexual Misconduct in the Church-Understanding the Role of Power

Sexual Misconduct in the Church - Understanding the Role of Power

Sexual Misconduct in the Church- Understanding the Role of Power

Clergy, church leaders, and anyone working in ministry, have power over the people they serve. This inherent power is often referred to as a sacred trust. People look to those in ministerial roles to nurture and guide them, making themselves spiritually and emotionally vulnerable, because they believe God has given their leaders authority. The Bible says that clergy and lay ministers have been “entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed” and “those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 NIV). In other words, where there is power there is also responsibility to do no harm; the betrayal of sacred trust occurs when professional boundaries are violated, potentially turning God-given power into a weapon of abuse (UM Sexual Ethics, 2019). This booklet examines that sacred trust and power that clergy and lay ministers have been entrusted with and outlines some common myths of sexual misconduct.

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“Responding Well to Sexual Misconduct Complaints”

A Handbook for District Superintendents

Arriving to a new position such as Bishop, District Superintendent, or Minister is an exciting time in a career. You arrive with knowledge from studies, life experiences, and trainings. It is critical to keep up-to-date with continuing education and information to do your job well. Oftentimes leaders find themselves unprepared upon receipt of a complaint of sexual misconduct happening within the life of our Church. For many District Superintendents, they have had no experience or specific training in dealing with cases such as these. The challenge is great and should not be taken alone. This work was never intended to be done alone. The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women continues to provide trainings and consultation to clergy and judicatory leaders around the chargeable offense of sexual misconduct. These experiences have resulted in developing this resource of information and ideas about how to respond well to a complaint and/or concern of sexual misconduct brought to your attention. We hope this information will be a resource that helps you be more informed, less confused, and confident as you do this work.

District Superintendent's Sexual Misconduct Handbook

A HANDBOOK FOR DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS

RESPONDING WELL TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

This handbook was created for District Superintendents and leadership of UMC annual conferences to respond well to sexual misconduct complaints.

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Ecumenical Partners

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
Called to be a Safe Place (Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Our Church)
Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust (2009 Social Teaching Statement)

The Episcopal Church (USA)

United Church of Christ: “Making Our Churches Safe” — Sexuality education: “Our Whole Lives

Unitarian Universalist Association: Safe Congregation Handbook (online resource) Safe Congregations (online resources)

Mennonite Central Committee

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People