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Local Church Curricula on Sexual Misconduct

FaithTrust Institute, clergy ethics videos and workbooks. The standard for sexual misconduct prevention training.

Power and the Christian, by Diana R. Garland and Vicki Marsh Kabat. Baylor School of Social Work. Five-lesson local church study from a biblical perspective. Free PDF download.

Safe Connections — What Parishioners Can Do to Understand and Prevent Clergy Sexual Abuse, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Five-part study for congregational use. Free PDF download.

Research
Database of denominational statements about sexuality: http://www.religiousinstitute.org/denominational-statements
“Pedophile: one word with multiple meanings” Discussion of definitions and usage, with footnotes.   http://www.religioustolerance.org/pedophile.htm
Top Picks
 
Fortune, Marie M. Responding to Clergy Misconduct: A Handbook. Seattle: FaithTrust Institute, 2009.
 
Friberg, Nils, Nancy Myer Hopkins, Mark R. Laaser, and Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute (Collegeville Minn.). Restoring the Soul of a Church: Healing Congregations Wounded by Clergy Sexual Misconduct. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1995.
 
Gaede, Beth Ann, and Candace Reed Benyei. When a Congregation Is Betrayed: Responding to Clergy Misconduct. [Herndon, Va.]: Alban Institute, 2006.
 
Poling, James Newton. The Abuse of Power: A Theological Problem.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1991.
 
Ruth, Kibbie Simmons and Karen A. McClintock. Healthy Disclosure: Solving Communication
Quandaries in Congregations. [Herndon, Va.]: Alban Institute, 2007.
 
 
More Resources
 
Augsberger, David. W. Conflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways and Patterns.Louisville, KY:
Westminster John Knox Press, 1992. ISBN: 0-664-25609-0 
 
Bass, Ellen; Davis, Laura. The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.
San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1988. ISBN: 0-06-096234-8. 
 
Well-known, well-received healing resource for women survivors.
 
Benyei, Candace R. Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems: Scapegoating, Family
Secrets, and the Abuse of Power. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Pastoral Press, 1998.
ISBN: 0-7890-0451-8 
 
Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2004. Nashville, TN: United Methodist Publishing
House, 2004. Available from Cokesbury.
 
This basic reference to the denomination’s organization offers information on local church, annual conference, and general church structures, along with procedures for cases of misconduct and the denomination’s Social Principles.
 
Coleman, Monica. The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence. 
Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2004.
 
Cooper-White, Pamela. The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women And the Church’s Response. 
Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1995.
 
Cram, Ronald Hecker. Bullying: A Spiritual Crisis. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2003.
 
Doehring, Carrie. Take Care: Monitoring Power Dynamics and Relational Boundaries in Pastoral Care
and Counseling.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1995.
 
Erickson-Pearson, Jan. Safe Connections: What Parishioners Can Do to Understand and Prevent
Clergy Sexual Abuse. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1996. Order code #69-8110. Booklet. (800-328-4648) $2.00 (www.augsburgfortress.org/store)
 
A resource which highlights the concept of boundaries, how to keep the connections between pastor and parishioner safe, and a full understanding of clergy sexual abuse. Written for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, yet information is appropriate for UMC.
 
Eugene, Toinette; Poling, James Newton. Balm for Gilead: Pastoral Care for African American
Families Experiencing Abuse. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998. ISBN: 0-68-702347-5
 
Expanding the Circle of Caring: Ministering to the Family Members of Survivors and Perpetrators of
Sexual Abuse. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee U.W. Women’s Concerns, 1995. (www.mcc.org) 
 
Sections include: personal stories; the issues confronting family members; pastoral response to families and family members; and worship resources.
 
Foote, Catherine J. Survivor Prayers: Talking with God about Childhood Sexual Abuse. Louisville, KY:
Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994.
 
Fortune, Marie, ed. Journal of Religion and Abuse: Advocacy, Pastoral Care, and Prevention. The
Haworth Press, Inc.
 
A peer-reviewed, quarterly journal which brings broad coverage of physical and sexual abuse issues from a religious perspective in an international, interdisciplinary, and interreligious context.
 
Fortune, Marie. Is Nothing Sacred?: The Story of a Pastor, The Women He Sexually Abused, and The
Congregation He Nearly Destroyed. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 1999.
ISBN: 0-8298-1270-9
 
Resource on clergy sexual misconduct - original is out of print and United Church Press has this book as “print on demand.” If not available through bookstore, you may call at 1-800-537-3394 or order online at UnitedChurchPress.com.
 
Fortune, Marie. Keeping the Faith: Questions and Answers for the Abused Woman. San Francisco, CA:
Harper & Row, 1987. ISBN: 0-06-250339-1
 
This invaluable resource for victims/survivors of domestic violence and for shelters, counselors and pastors, is now available in a culturally appropriate translation in Korean.
 
Fortune, Marie. Sexual Violence: The Sin Revisited. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2005.
ISBN: 0-8298-1668-2.  
 
Updated from 20 years of experience and reflection, Fortune writes a theological and ethical understanding of sexual violence that the church might engage in prevention, education, and provide healing for survivors.
 
Friedman, Joel; Boumil and Marcia Mobilia. Betrayal of Trust: Sex and Power in Professional
Relationships. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1995. ISBN: 0-275-95029-8.    
 
Gives early warning signs for recognizing when a professional relationship is crossing the dangerous boundary line into sexual abuse; victims are taken step-by-step through the long psychological healing process from anger, shame, and guilt to vindication, resolution, and recovery.
 
Gafke, Arthur; Scott, Lynn, eds. Living the Sacred Trust: Clergy Sexual Ethics A Resource on Clergy
Misconduct of a Sexual Nature for Cabinets and Boards of Ordained Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Nashville, Tenn.: The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Available from Cokesbury (Item #535144). (www.Cokesbury.com)
 
Hopkins, Nancy Myer; Laaser, Mark, eds. Restoring the Soul of a Church: Congregations Wounded by
Clergy Sexual Misconduct. Washington, DC: Alban Institute, 1998. 
 
A valuable resource for the healing of congregations. Available through Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota. ISBN 0-8146-233-6; (www.litpress.org)
 
Horst, Elisabeth A. Recovering the Lost Self: Shame-Healing for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse.
Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1998. ISBN: 0 8146 2442 1  
 
An informational and counseling tool for victims who seek relief from the shame that goes with the betrayal they have experienced.
 
Horst, Elisabeth A. Questions and Answers about Clergy Sexual Misconduct. Collegeville, MN: The
Liturgical Press, 2000. ISBN: 0 8146 2056 6  
 
A question and answer booklet for laity in a local church who have experienced clergy misconduct of a sexual nature within their faith community. (www.litpress.org)
 
Law, Eric H.F. Inclusion: Making Room for Grace. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2000.
 
Law, Eric H.F. The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural
Community. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1993.
 
Lebacqz, Karen; Barton, Ronald G. Sex in the Parish. Louisville, KY: Westminster-John Knox Press,
1991. ISBN: 0-664-25087-4
 
McClintock, Karen A. Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations: A Resource for Leaders. Herndon,
VA: The Alban Institute, June, 2004.
 
McClintock, Karen A. Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press,
2001. ISBN: 0-8006-3238-9
 
Means, Jeffrey and Mary Ann Nelson. Trauma and Evil: Healing the Wounded Soul. Minneapolis, MN:
Augsburg Fortress Press, 2000.
 
Melton, Joy Thornburg. Safe Sanctuaries for Youth: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in Your
Ministries. Nashville, TN: Discipleship Resources, 2003. ISBN: 0-88177-404-9
 
Melton, Joy Thornburg. Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Child Abuse in the Church. Nashville,
TN: Discipleship Resources, 1998. ISBN: 0 88177 220 8. (www.discipleshipresources.org) 
A "must have" how-to manual for every local church and ministry setting. Available in Spanish, “Santuarios Seguros” - ISBN: 0-88177-402-2
 
Poling, James Newton. Deliver Us From Evil: Resisting Racial and Gender Oppression. Augsburg
Fortress Publishers, 1996.
 
Poling, Nancy Werking. Victim to Survivor: Women Recovering from Clergy Sexual Abuse. Cleveland,
OH: United Church Press, 1999. ISBN: 0-8298-1323-3
 
Robinson, Lori S. I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and
Abuse. New York, NY: Seal Press, 2002. ISBN: 1-58005-080-8
 
Ryan, Gail. “Working with Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence,” Pastoral Psychology. Vol
41, No 5, 1993, 303-319.
 
Schecter, Susan. Women and Male Violence: The Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women’s Movement. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1982.
 
Scott, Donna E. The Hired Hand: A Case of Clergy Abuse. Frederick, MD: America House Book
Publishers, 2001. ISBN: 1-58885-1896-5  
 
A book which infiltrates the minds of sexual predator, congregants, and victim to answer the chilling question, "How does this happen? in our churches?"  (www.publishamerica.com)
 
Smith, Judith R. Time to Fly Free: Meditations for Those Who Have Left an Abusive
Relationship. Center City, Minn.: Hazelden Publisher, 2001. ISBN: 1568385803
 
Walton, Janet R. Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000.
ISBN: 0-814-6-2596-7
 
West, Traci C. Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics. New York, NY: New
York University Press, 1999. ISBN: 0-8417-9334-7
 
“What You in the Congregation Need to Know about Clergy Misconduct." Seattle, WA: FaithTrust Institute.
Helps laity in a local church understand clergy misconduct in the ministerial relationship.
 
Yantzi, Mark. Sexual Offending and Restoration.  Scottsdale, PA: Herald Press, 1998.
 

 

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