24 September 2018 | Religious groups around the world are having serious issues with sexual abuse by clergy, and the Adventist denomination is taking a major step toward prevention tomorrow (Tuesday, September 25) with a Summit on Abuse. The event will be live-streamed on line and accessible to anyone who wants to listen in.
Scheduled from 1 to 5 pm Eastern Standard Time, the event is part of the End It Now campaign. It will include the following presentations:
David Fournier, vice president of Adventist Risk Management, will state why the church should care about abuse issues; “It Is More than a Legal Duty.”
Reema Sukamaran will share her personal story of being raped by her pastor and betrayed by her church, finding healing and restoration from God’s faithfulness.
Dr. Kate Ott, seminary professor at Drew University and a noted author, will address “Healthy Boundaries for Clergy and Spiritual Leaders.” Also how to respond to misconduct.
Dr. Nestor Bruno, a supervising chaplain at Kettering Medical Center and Adventist minister, will speak on how to help families and survivors with practical ideas for families, friends and church leaders.
Krista Blakeney-Mitchell, an attorney at the United States National Institute on Domestic Violence and member of an Adventist church in that nation’s capital, will speak on “The Accountability Factor.”
Pastor Alexander Bryant, executive secretary of the denomination’s North American Division, will describe denominational policy related to sexual abuse and misconduct.
Pastor Tony Anobile, president of the denomination’s Arizona Conference, will share a situation in which a local church was involved in a child abuse case and a lawsuit was filed against both the local church and the conference.
This event is available free of charge, but to see it, you must register in advance: https://www.enditnownorthamerica.org/registration