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PNEC Safe Conference Policy


A Word of Introduction


In light of the pressures and dangers often present in today’s society, churches and church organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the need to ensure that they are places of “sanctuary,” places where believers and seekers can gather to grow and mature in their faith in an atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation.  As a result many local congregations are adopting “Safe Church Policies.”


The Penn Northeast Conference Board of Directors both affirms the efforts of our local congregations to create and maintain communities of trust, safety, and security and acknowledges our obligation and desire to do the same.  As a result at the August 13, 2008 meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference Board of Directors, the Board adopted the attached document as the Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ Safe Conference Policy.


We would urge each congregation that has not yet discussed or adopted such a policy to begin to study this issue.  As a Conference Staff we are prepared to help you by providing sample policies and educational assistance.




Alan C. Miller, Conference Minister

May 2009


PNEC Safe Policy: Click to download




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