A Safe Space for All God's People
In our Baptismal Covenant—the words we read aloud together whenever someone is baptized into our community of faith—we promise to respect the dignity of every human being. One way that we live out that value in The Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) is through the implementation of our Safe Church Policies. These standards, practices, and guidelines are intended to ensure that our faith communities are safe places where all of God’s people are loved and encouraged to grow into the people God calls us to be.
Safe Church Training is required for most volunteers and needs to be renewed every 3 years. If renewal is not completed when necessary, you will no longer be eligible for volunteer positions until you renew your training. Background checks are also conducted after training takes place.
St. John’s offers Safe Church Training several times throughout the year. You can take your training anywhere in the diocese; check Episcopal Exchange for upcoming trainings at other parishes.
When we follow Jesus and the Way of Love, we do our utmost to ensure that the community of the church is a safe place. That does not mean we won’t encounter difficult ideas, that we won’t challenge and push each other, or even that we won’t at times hurt one another’s feelings. But, it does mean that we will endeavor to protect the physical, mental, and emotional safety of the most vulnerable in our midst, so that there is sufficient trust and room for the hard work of growing in the knowledge and love of God.