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.

A Guide for Conference and Congregational Leaders | by Bonnie Glass McDonald © 2006

“After Clergy Sexual Misconduct: The Process for Congregational Healing”

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More Important Resource Links

 

 RAINN: The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.

RAINN: The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.

The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.

Study on Clergy Sexual Misconduct | Baylor University

Study on Clergy Sexual Misconduct | Baylor University

Clergy sexual misconduct study. "Clergy sexual misconduct with adults is "not an affair" nor is it consensual." - Diana Garland, dean of Baylor School of Social Work and co-author of this study

The Religious Institute

The Religious Institute

A multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.

The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project

The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project

Brandeis University. The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project works to create Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sexual ethics rooted in freedom, mutuality, meaningful consent, responsibility, and female (as well as male) pleasure, untainted by slave-holding values.

Human Sexuality & Sex Education

Human Sexuality & Sex Education

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Seminary Curriculum Development:

Seminary Curriculum Development:

In 2012, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church affirmed its support of a rigorous program of ministerial readiness regarding professional ethics, sexual ethics, healthy boundaries and self-care. These guidelines for teaching professional sexual ethics pertain to all University Senate-approved seminaries and Course of Study schools.

Compassionate Listeners:

Compassionate Listeners:

If you are planning an event on topics that may trigger emotions about personal experiences – abuse, grief, divorce, etc., consider including a Compassionate Listeners program in your planning and leadership.

Clergy Sexual Misconduct : Baylor University

Clergy Sexual Misconduct : Baylor University

Documents from Baylor University School of Social Work Research