Harassment Prevention in the Episcopal Church

Title VII only applies to employers who employ 15 or more employees for 20 or more weeks in the current or preceding calendar year. However, in 1991 the 70th General  Convention of the Episcopal Church  passed a resolution  (B052) that  declares that sexual abuse, exploitation, coercion, and harassment of adults and minors by clergy and church employees are abuses of trust, a violation of the Baptismal Covenant, contrary to Christian Character, and are therefore wrong.


The 75th General Convention passed Resolution A156 in 2006 which  required all dioceses  to “adopt policies for the protection from sexual misconduct of those served by diocesan programs, those who volunteer in the work of the diocese or are employed by the diocese, and that dioceses assist congregations in the development of such procedures and policies.”

Each diocese needs to develop education and training for all clergy,  lay employees and volunteers who work with adults or who provide pastoral counseling, pastoral care, spiritual direction, administer sacraments, and those who supervise clergy or lay volunteers.


The  full text of both resolutions can be found in the appendix section of the Diocesan Policy at the end of this online training.


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