Nurturing Peace

Posted by The Rev. Carol Petty on

Last Sunday's mass shooting at Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church feels terrifyingly close to home. In the aftermath, it's difficult to remember that such tragic events, though looming large in the press, are in fact rare. Parish leaders can calm anxiety by taking a few non-anxious, but...

Safeguarding: I KNOW! Spring 2017

Posted by The Rev. Carol Petty on

Drum Roll Please: I KNOW!   We are thrilled to announce the completion of EDOT's new safeguarding curriculum for KIDS! I KNOW! Myself. My Boundaries. My Responses.  is a curriculum for kids, to equip them to keep themselves safe.   The I KNOW! series addresses two age...

Back to School & Summer Success

Posted by The Rev. Carol Petty on

The 2016-17 school year is just around the corner. To ensure safe and healthy environments in parish schools across the Diocese of Texas, every Head of School needs to be fully informed about safe church. All the information school leaders need is found on the  Safe Church -...

Award Winning Commendation

Posted by The Rev. Carol Petty on

This year's Oscar for Best Picture went to Spotlight. Spotlight is an extraordinary film describing the Boston Globe's investigation into child molestation and the systemic pattern of its cover-up in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. If you haven't yet seen it, I commend it to you. The film...

News to Know in 2016

Posted by The Rev. Carol Petty on

In a continued effort to increase efficiency and simplicity in the Safeguarding Certification processes, the Safe Church Staff has implemented the following helps:   In January of each year we will post newly revised policies, dated for that year. Be sure to access and download the...

Self Care During the Holidays...and Beyond

Posted by The Rev. Carol Petty on

Healthy People = Safe Churches & Schools! Often we think of self-care as something we do only for ourselves, but good self-care has ripple effects way beyond just us! Eating well, getting enough rest and exercise, along with keeping spiritually and emotionally healthy allows us to bring our...

From a Survivor’s Point of View

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Posted by Joe Martinez on

As a victim and survivor of sexual abuse as a young boy, I can say that it is very important for parents/adults to be made aware of the need to safeguard the children and even for children to learn to protect themselves from sexual predators. There is a much greater need for this type of...

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