“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
This guide includes four study sessions.
THE WAY OF INTEGRITY
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
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.
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
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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.
“Responding Well to Sexual Misconduct Complaints”
A Handbook for District Superintendents
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.
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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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Called to be a Safe Place (Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Our
Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust (2009 Social Teaching Statement)
The Episcopal Church
United Church of Christ: “Making
Churches Safe” — Sexuality education:
“Our Whole Lives”
Unitarian Universalist Association: Safe
Congregation Handbook (online resource) Safe
Mennonite Central Committee
Charter for the Protection of Children and Young