Reports and Resources for Safe Congregations
This is a collection of resources and reports that fit into the broad category of Safe Congregations. Any resource in this list has come to us with good recommendations; however, we urge any congregation to do their own discernment over whether any particular resource works within your congregation's context.
- Church Mutual Insurance Company Safety Resources—offering an array of free videos, booklets, posters, newsletters, and other safety information.
- Church Mutual Sexual Abuse Prevention Resources
- FaithTrust Institute Working together to end sexual & domestic violence, the Faith Trust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training & education organization with global reach
- Religious Institute—The Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. More than 8,500 clergy, seminary presidents and deans, religious scholars, and people of faith representing more than 70 faith traditions are part of the Religious Institute’s national religious leaders network.
- Religious Institute Sexually Safer Congregations Project:
- Religious Institute sample safer congregation policies.
- Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI Helpline is prepared to answer questions on mental health issues.
- United Methodist Sexual Ethics Website
- Emergency Procedure Manual from First Unitarian Fellowship of Wilmington, DE
- Coping with Food Allergies (PDF) in the Congregational Classroom offers challenges. Learn about one congregation's plan.
- The Office of Ethics in Congregational Life was created after—and grew out of—the work of the Safe Congregations Panel and the Ad Hoc Task Force on Ethics in Congregational Life. This 2002-2007 report (PDF) summarizes Unitarian Universalist Association efforts for congregational safety during those years.