Periodically the New York Conference and the Metro and Suffolk Associations make "Boundary Awareness Training" available to United Church of Christ ordained ministers.
What is "Boundary Awareness Training?" As described in a UCC Mission Moments leaflet, "A Safe Church for All":
"Boundary Training helps clergy be aware of the power dynamics in pastoral relationships, provides a safe place to raise questions about appropriateness, heightens awareness of boundary issues in congregations, and educates about safety practices.
"Boundary issues are much more complex and encompass much more of a pastor's life than sexual misconduct. They include, for example, the holding of power of attorney for an elderly parishioner or ethical issues for retired pastors. Boundary Training helps clergy understand those who cross boundaries, the victims of abuse, congregational trauma, interventions that help, and the importance of self-knowledge, self-care, and clarity about role."
Recognizing the importance of this training, at its 2004 Annual Meeting, the Metro Association passed this resolution:
"For the well being and integrity of all those holding 'authorized (ordained) ministerial standing' in the Metropolitan Association, this Association in meeting strongly recommends that all active persons holding standing participate in and periodically renew participation in the New York Conference 'Boundary Awareness Training Program' or its approved equivalent. It is further recommended that a record of each person's participation be posted in the public record of the Association."
Topics covered in this training might include:
- Elements of Ethical Analysis
- What are Boundaries, and Why Do They Matter?
- Respect and Love for Self and Others
- Complexities of Touch in Ministry
- Dual Relationships - Mixing Personal and Professional
- Minister's Relationship with God, Family of Origin Issues, Religious Abuse
As Boundary Awareness Training sessions are scheduled, they will be listed in the Calendar on this web site. For additional information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 718-898-9210.
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