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Boundary Awareness Training



Participants in Boundary training.
Participants in the training meet with the full group as well as smaller discussion groups.

    Periodically the New York Conference and the Metro and Suffolk Associations make "Boundary Awareness Training" (BAT) available.
    As BAT sessions are scheduled, they will be listed in the Calendar on this web site.



For the Metro Association - Boundary Awareness Training is required for any form of ministerial authorization toward ordination (dual standing, licensed and privilege of call) in the Metropolitan Association of the New York Conference, United Church of Christ. 

Any active authorized minister (including retired ministers who make themselves available for weddings, funerals, supply preaching, interim work etc.) who has failed to take this training will be considered NOT  “in good standing” should a certificate be formally required.  BAT is good for five years with a one year grace period to renew.

For the Suffolk Association - Boundary Awareness Training (BAT) is required for any form of ministerial authorization toward ordination (dual standing, licensed and privilege of call) in the Suffolk Association of the New York Conference, United Church of Christ. 

Any active authorized minister (including retired ministers who make themselves available for weddings, funerals, supply preaching, interim work etc.) who has failed to take this training will be considered NOT  “in good standing.”  BAT is good for three years.   
 
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."

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

Breaks and meals offer times for informal discussions.




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