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]
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.
“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.