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Congregations and related UU organizations that follow Safe
Congregations guidelines will keep abuse-enabling conditions to a minimum
and address issues of abuse of power in ways both grounded and informed. The
goal of Responsible Staffing is more confined: to recommend guidelines
that enable congregations and other UU organizations to take reasonable
precautions when bringing new people into positions of leadership that give them
access to vulnerable people. Ministerial search committees, religious
educator search committees, personnel committees, nominating committees,
religious education committees, caring committees, CONs and other youth- and
young adult-serving bodies, District bodies—any body charged with the
responsibility to recommend or hire staff or to recruit volunteers will make
better choices by following these guidelines. We recommend adoption of these
guidelines by the Unitarian Universalist Association itself, as well, including
the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the Religious Education Credentialing
Committee, and its Sponsored Organizations. Our goal is to create among us a
culture of covenantal accountability.
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Friday, April 22, 2011.
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