Called to be a safe place
All forms of sexual misbehavior by clergy and lay leaders with church members are unacceptable within the life of the church. The church should be a safe place where people can worship, learn, work, love and receive care in a manner that is free from sexual misconduct.
Early in the life of the ELCA, this church expressed clearly its intention to take whatever measures it could to help prevent sexual abuse and misconduct within the ELCA. In other words, the church is called to be a safe place.
Barbara Keller, misconduct prevention in the ELCA, will be facilitating at sexual harassment response training on April 19 in Sioux Falls at the South Dakota Synod office.