The SUMH Council approved the Safe Conduct
Policy (abuse prevention) on Sept. 9, 2021,
and are recommending it to the congregation
for ratification at the next All Church Meeting.
"As a community of Christian faith, SOMESVILLE UNION MEETING HOUSE is committed to creating and maintaining programs, facilities and a community in which members, friends, Clergy, employees, and volunteers can worship, learn and work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation or intimidation. The congregation of SOMESVILLE UNION MEETING HOUSE supports principles of SafeConduct, which include individual responsibility to fulfill the highest standards of personal conduct toward others and to lead and guide the congregation in fulfillment of the standards set by our Christian faith. SOMESVILLE UNION MEETING HOUSE strongly opposes and prohibits “sexual exploitation”, “sexual harassment” or any form of exploitation or abuse of others regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identification or mental capacity. It is the intention of our congregation to affirmatively nurture good behavior, and to prevent and correct behavior that is contrary to this policy and, as necessary, discipline those persons who violate this policy.
"Every member of the Congregation, whether “authorized clergy”, leader, lay staff, volunteer or parent/guardian, has a role to lead those who look to them individually for guidance, to monitor their behavior and redirect them as they cross boundaries of SafeConduct. Our congregation shall nurture good conduct as demonstrated by personal behaviors that are consistent with our Christian values. As we might conduct an orchestra, we shall guide and lead in ministry."