® The June 2011 Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference adopted the resolution creating a Safe Sanctuaries® policy to reduce the risk of abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults participating in the ministries of our churches, districts, agencies and ministry groups.
Safe Sanctuaries® Team establishes minimum standards and procedures, provides training programs, and assists local churches and Conference ministry programs in reducing the risk of abuse to church, youth, and vunerable adults.
2011 Safe Sanctuaries® Resolution
UNY Safe Sanctuaries® Contacts
Sex Offenders and Reporting
Local Church Safe Sanctuaries Teams
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The Upper New York Safe Sanctuaries® team serves a four-year term and is appointed by the Bishop. Bishop Mark Webb appointed the following individuals to serve until 2024.
Christine Mitchell (co-chair): 31 East Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472, (585) 704-5587
Arlene Schmidt (co-chair): (518) 496-4010
Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding
Rev. Vonda Fossitt
The Minimum Standards have been established by the Upper New York Annual Conference for all ministries. They are mandatory. They are not inspirational, but set minimum standards to protect children, youth, and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. Without exception, these standards apply to all local churches/charges, district and annual conference ministries, and those who serve within. Click here for more information.
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Here one can search the Sex Offender Registry and also sign up for Email Alerts to be notified whenever a Level 2 or 3 sex offender moves into or out of your neighborhood.
The New York State Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720 toll free phone number to call in a report of suspected child abuse.
Guidelines for Sex Offender Participation in Church activities (including worship):
The adopted Conference resolution directs “[e]ach church/charge, district, agency and ministry group shall have a Safe Sanctuaries® committee or team in place no later than December 31, 2011.” This team shall be amenable to the local church’s governing board (Church Council/Administrative Board) and shall have the following responsibilities:
- Developing the local church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy in accord with the guidelines and standards outlined in the resolution adopted by the annual conference.
- Overseeing the implementation of this policy in the local church setting.
- Serving as the linking body between the local church, the district and the annual conference’s Sexual Ethics Committee regarding Safe Sanctuaries matters.
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