Safe Church

The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Rhode Island recognize the potential for harm when a priest, lay employee or volunteer engages in sexual exploitation, harassment or abuse in one of our churches or institutions. Thus, we, like most Episcopal dioceses, offer training and resources that include suggestions for safe ways of interacting with children, youth and adults in the church. We also provide “Intake Officers” who are trained to receive any allegations or concerns. Email intake@episcopalri.org to ask for a conversation with one of the Intake Officers. You may also contact The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz, Canon to the Ordinary at  Linda@episcopalri.org or call 401-274-4500 or 413-221-0571 (cell). She serves as the Case Manager and will refer your case to one of the Intake Officers.

Safe Church Training

Safe Church Training Safe Church Trainingis a required certification program for clergy, Licensed Eucharistic Visitors, employees and those who volunteer in programs for children and youth. This training is also recommended for all vestry members and lay people in leadership positions. The program is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being. The clergy and vestries of each individual church are responsible for oversight of their parishioners and staff who need to take the training.  Contact your parish priest or parish administrator for access to the training. Safe Church training is offered as an online program.

Use this information to begin your training
1. Go to this Armatus Praesidium website 
2. Enter the registration code: dioRI401
3. Fill out the form and click the link to enroll. Choose your parish from the organization drop down menu.
4. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.
5. To begin taking training immediately, click the link or follow the instructions to the right to login later.

Use this information to log in:
1. Go to Armatus Praesidim log in page
2. Enter your login and password.
3. Click the orange LOGIN button.
4. On the next page, scroll down the page a bit until you see the courses listed.
5. Click the title of the course to open and view it.

Requirements

 

Reporting an incident of misconduct

To report an incident of misconduct by a lay volunteer or church employee in a parish, in addition to contacting any relevant civil authorities, please contact the priest of the parish.

To report an allegation of  misconduct by a clergy person, in addition to contacting any relevant civil authorities (if this constitutes an illegal action), please contact either of the diocesan Intake Officers, who are responsible for beginning the Church’s own investigation process or the Canon to the Ordinary.

Email intake@episcopalri.org to ask for a conversation with one of the Intake Officers.

You may also contact The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz, Canon to the Ordinary at  Linda@episcopalri.org or call 401-274-4500 or 413-221-0571 (cell). She serves as the Case Manager and will refer your case to one of the Intake Officers.