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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to All of You

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Here’s an Irish prayer for you and yours today: May God give you… For every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each […]

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The Story Doesn’t End With “Spotlight”

Friday, March 11th, 2016

“Spotlight” recently won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you may be familiar with its central topic: a journalist team at the Boston Globe in the early 2000s exposed decades-old child abuse and its cover-up within the Archdiocese of Boston. The movie focuses on the journalists pushing for […]

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Let’s All Get Out Our “Big Bats”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, let’s all get out our “big bats” to help prevent child abuse: “I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I’ve brought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to […]

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Ssssshhhh … It’s a Secret

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Here at Safe Gatherings, we have a secret. Don’t worry, we’ll be telling you about it soon! Stay tuned for details about something very exciting to come!

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Is Your State Failing Students in the Abuse Department?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

A recent story from USA Today talked about a West Virginia child who died on a camping trip with his principal in the late 90s. Investigators learned nearly eight years later that it wasn’t a head injury that killed the child, but that the principal had been sexually abusing the child and killed him. It […]

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6 Ways to Be a Better Listener

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

We all have ears, but are we using them correctly? In your role as a teacher, staff member, or volunteer, you are probably talking all day long: telling kids to slow down, solving problems in the office, or talking on the phone. You’ve mastered the talking part, but are you listening? It’s amazing what can […]

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What Would You Do?

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer at an after-school program. The children are gathered around outside a local middle school to listen to a police officer in the canine unit. It is quite a large group, and there is only one other adult, the director, watching the presentation. A child comes up to you […]

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“Someone is Hurting Me”- 9 Tips for Responding to Abuse Disclosure

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

As a teacher, staff member, or volunteer, you wear many hats. You pass on knowledge, clean up spills, keep order—and that’s just in the first hour of spending time with a group of kids! No matter what our role, as leaders we are tasked with recognizing and responding to abuse. Because of this, we should […]

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Defining Two-Deep Leadership

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

If you’ve seen or heard about the movie “Spotlight,” you know it’s about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalist team and its early-2000s expose of the clergy abuse cover-up in the Boston area and beyond. What it brings to the fore is the amount of unsupervised access that clergy had to children. Parents trusted church […]

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Bullying to the Next Level

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

When many people hear the word “hazing,” their minds often go straight to the college fraternity scenario. However, just as bullies aren’t limited to elementary school playgrounds, hazing isn’t limited to the university setting. Hazing happens at many different ages, in many different venues. Although it can be mistaken for bullying, hazing and the behaviors […]

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What Would You Do?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You volunteer with 5-year-olds in the children’s Sunday school program at your church. One of your co-volunteers, Doug, gives children a “swat” when they are acting up. You mentioned to him that it isn’t a great idea, but Doug says he is just doing what he does with his own kids. Should […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Speaking of two-deep leadership, do you have at least two people in your church who are authorized to administer the Safe Gatherings system? In the Safe Gatherings system, one person is designated as administrator of the system. Typically, the person listed is the senior pastor. However, the senior pastor often does not have the time […]

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