THE CHURCH SHOULD BE A SAFE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN WORSHIP, LEARN, WORK, LOVE, AND RECEIVE CARE IN A MANNER THAT IS FREE FROM SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.
Early in the life of the ELCA, this church expressed clearly its intention to take whatever measures it could to help prevent sexual abuse and misconduct within the ELCA. In other words, the church is called to be a safe place. All forms of sexual misbehavior by ministers and lay leaders with church members are unacceptable within the life of the church.
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
Report child abuse by calling Pennsylvania’s ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. Professionals who come into contact with children (i.e., mandated reporters) are required to report when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child under the care, supervision, guidance or training of that person or of their agency, institution or organization is an abused child. However, any person may report suspected abuse. All mandated reporters must submit their name and contact information when making a report. Other members of the community who report can choose to remain anonymous.
REPORTING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Sexual misconduct committed by congregational employees should be reported to the pastor, council president, or other congregational officer. Congregations are encouraged to have policies in place for addressing allegations against church staff and to respond with compassion and care to anyone reporting abuse by ministers or lay leaders.
This synod has responsibility for addressing allegations of minister sexual abuse, administering appropriate discipline, and responding to those who have been harmed. Procedures and policies in place in the synods of this church provide for compassionate and resolute response to those wounded by minister sexual misconduct, and appropriate discipline for those who offend.
Report to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod if this synod is a) where the misconduct occurred; b) where the rostered minister (clergy or deacon) is currently located; or c) where the victim is currently located.
THE FOLLOWING SYNOD STAFF ARE AVAILABLE TO RECEIVE REPORTS:
Bishop Kurt F. Kusserow: 412-367-8222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Peter Asplin: 412-367-8222, email@example.com
Pastor Melissa Stoller: 412-367-8222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy DeLorenze (Executive Assistant to Bishop Kusserow): 412-367-8222, email@example.com
You may also call the ELCA Consultant for Prevention of Sexual Misconduct at 773-380-2568, firstname.lastname@example.org.