Diocesan Safe Church Training is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. This training provides an opportunity to increase and enhance our ability to live out our Baptismal Covenant within our communities of faith and in the world beyond.
The Episcopal Church in Vermont offers a 6-hour Basic Training program for all who serve the church. Topics include: power and boundaries in adult ministerial relationships; prevention, identification and response to elder abuse; prevention, identification and response to sexual abuse of children and youth; Diocesan Policies and response to misconduct within a community of faith. Diocesan policy regarding training requirements is included below. A half-day Recertification Training is offered for all those who have completed the Basic Training within the last five years and is required every three years. Contact Canon Lynn Bates for information about online recertification training.
2016 Training Dates
• Certification- Friday, July 15, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm- St. Paul's- White River Junction
• Certification- Saturday, September 10, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm- St. Michael's- Brattleboro
• RE-Certification- Wednesday, October 5, 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm- Christ Church- Montpelier
• Certification- Saturday, October 22, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm- Trinity Church- Rutland.
Go to Diocese of Vermont web site to register.
Diocesan Policy on Training
The Diocese of Vermont strictly prohibits sexual misconduct of any type by any ordained person (deacon, transitional deacon, priest or bishop) canonically resident or functioning in the Diocese of Vermont, or any employee or volunteer authorized to perform work or provide services within the church.