Location: Vinje Lutheran Church, Willmar, MN
Cost: $40 per person
Presenters: Aaron Suomala-Folkerds, Karen Bockelman, Rick Loseth, Sarah Hausken
Sexual misconduct by rostered and other religious leaders is one of the most serious challenges faced by the church today. Violation of the sacred trust between church members and their leaders brings deep pain to all who are affected: victims, offenders, family members, friends, and the congregation itself.
In response to this challenge, the Southwestern Minnesota Synod bylaws include the following provisions (S14.25.01. and S14.47.01.):
“Within twelve months of assuming office all ministers of Word and Sacrament under call shall demonstrate completion of at least six contact hours of continuing education in the prevention of sexual boundary violations.” and
“Within twelve months of assuming office all ministers of Word and Service under call shall demonstrate completion of at least six contact hours of continuing education in the prevention of sexual boundary violations.”
A few years ago our synod council created a continuing resolution encouraging all of our rostered leaders to have continued work on appropriate boundaries of all kinds, but especially sexual boundaries, every three years.
Materials presented at this workshop also include discussion about positive boundary practices regarding time management, use of social media, care of self, personal friendships, establishing safe connections, helping parishioners understand healthy boundaries, mandated reporting, privileged communication, and more.
If this date doesn’t work for you, you may comply by attending another training event that includes at least six contact hours of instruction in the same content covered by the synod’s workshop and provide proof of attendance for your file.