Safe and Respectful Congregation Commitment:
Home Street Mennonite Church
A draft congregational statement on "physical, sexual, relational, and spiritual safety."
Because we at Home Street Mennonite Church (HSMC) are a faith community, our congregation is committed to create and conscientiously model a secure environment for ourselves and for all who pass through our doors. In this commitment, we agree to be vigilant about physical, sexual, relational, and spiritual safety.
Some people served in our congregation may be vulnerable because they are unable to speak for themselves due to such personal barriers as age, position, dis/ability, nonfluent communication, timidity, or life circumstances. This plan gives particular attention to the safety of persons who are vulnerable, and to the responsibilities of our elected, appointed and hired leaders. However, every person who enters our building or participates in our activities is encouraged to contribute to the safe environment.
Beyond setting out guidelines and procedures, by adopting this policy we commit ourselves to ongoing discernment and education. We work to cultivate Christian qualities that undergird safety and respect in our congregation and contribute to spiritual health.
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