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Safe Environment Orientation for Parish Ministry Coordinators and interested others
The RCAV Safe Environment policies and manual are online but how do they fit together? What happens during an ideal screening process? What is the role of the specific ministry coordinator or an ordinary volunteer in providing a safe environment, where and for whom? These and other practical topics will be discussed with smaller group participation and questions from the floor encouraged.
AM Session: 10:00 am – 12 noon
More than Silver or Gold, Safe Environment: Why Does It Matter?
After the Mount Cashel and residential school troubles hit the front pages here, abuse scandals and lawsuits from Boston to Seattle and many other American dioceses, religious orders and institutions, abuse was big news but was it just about the money? The film “Spotlight” won the Academy Award for last year without special effects, car chases or any of the usual draws. Why does the Pope feel pressured to give public statements and issue directives? A brief presentation and an informal discussion on commitment to responsible ministry and Christian values.
PM Session: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm