Respecting the Dignity of All

Updated Model Policies for the Protection of Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults

Robin Hammeal-Urban, Carole Cole Flanagan, Julia McCray- Goldsmith, Judith Andrews, Cookie Cantwell, Eric Travis

May/2019, 80 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640651548

In 2018, the Episcopal Church approved new model policies (to be implemented by January 2019) for the protection of children, youth, and vulnerable adults. This book offers the history of such polices in the Episcopal Church and why it is important for churches and its ministries to create safe and welcoming space for minors, elders, and people with disabilities and those engaged in ministry with them. Both new policies, (1) Children and Youth and (2) Vulnerable Adults, will be included in their full entirety with the addition of a comprehensive index to assist the user in implementation and education of those who are expected to adhere to such policies, such as clergy, staff personnel, and volunteers.

Updates that are included reflect contemporary concerns such as social media, mission trips, pilgrimages, camps and conference center programs, and other overnight events, as well as experiences of LGBTQ+ and non-binary persons. It will contain concise statements of theological and ethical foundations for safe church practices; useful definitions; behavioral standards to ensure that all persons are treated with dignity and respect; standards for screening, training, and monitoring for those who work with these populations; expectations for policy implementation; and guidelines for the use of social media and electronic communication. With an index, topics and standards will be easily found for implementation.

The authors are members of the Task Force to Update Sexual Misconduct Policies: Robin Hammeal-Urban, J.D., is Canon for Mission Integrity and Training in the Episcopal Church. The Reverend Carol Cole Flanagan is the Canon for Congregation and Mission Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. The Reverend Julia McCray-Goldsmith is Trinity's Canon for Cathedral Life at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Judith Andrews is the Chancellor for the Diocese of Olympia. Cookie Cantwell is the Youth Minister at St. James Episcopal Church and Province IV Youth Coordinator. Eric Travis is the Missioner for Youth and Young Adults for the Diocese of Michigan.

Audience: Church leaders, vestries, clergy, bishops, chancellors, educators, youth ministers, schools, camp


  • Episcopal Church
  • Safe Church
  • Education
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Policies

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