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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The church is called to be a place of hospitality, justice, and healing. Sex offenders in our midst challenge congregations to live into the tension of embracing all of these callings simultaneously. A known sex offender can become a part of a worshipping congregation BUT limitations on the offender’s participation and access to children must be put into place.

When a layperson is charged with sexual abuse or when a registered sex offender desires to participate in the worship and ministry of a congregation, the following documents may provide guidance:

Church Participation by a Registered Sex Offender” (UMC Book of Resolutions 2008, page 919)

Balancing Act: Keepig Children Safe in Congregations (PDF free download) by The Rev. Debra W. Haffner

A Time to Heal: Protecting Children & Ministering to Sex Offenders by The Rev. Debra W. Haffner

"Recidivism of Sex Offenders" by the Federal Center for Sex Offender Management, 2001.

"Myths and Facts about Sex Offenders" the Federal Center for Sex Offender Management.



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