Toward abuse-free churches.
"Abuse happens in the church because we perpetuate structures of clericalism that place clergy in unrealistic positions of power and adulation among the faithful," said the Rev. Mary Louise Meadow, former canon pastor of the diocese of British Columbia and a conference co-ordinator.
Featured conference speakers include the Seattle-based Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, an expert on sexual exploitation by religious leaders, and Dr. Patricia Vickers, a B.C.-based expert in conflict resolution. More than a dozen workshops will explore topics ranging from pastoral ethics and professional supervision to domestic violence and human trafficking. Workshop leaders will include lawyers, clergy, child protection officers and abuse prevention educators.
For more information, go to www.aco.org/networks or email partnerforprevent@ shaw.ca.
Reports by Marites N. Sison and Diana Swift, staff writers