The Anglican Communion's newest network, the Safe Church Network, has announced it is planning a conference in Africa for 2014 around how to make churches safer for vulnerable people.
Australian Garth Blake, convener of the communion’s new Safe Church Network, said during a press conference on October 31, that many parts of the communion have begun talking about how to address the issue of creating a culture of safety in churches and are at various stages of response.
Following an Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) resolution to call on the Communion to implement a charter to make churches safer, he explained that the next steps for the Network will including facilitating a conference in Africa in March 2014 at the request of the bishop members of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA). He is also exploring with Asian members of the ACC the possibility of holding a conference in that region.
“The issue of abuse is being named,” Blake said, adding that the network’s “role is also our challenge and that is how we can engage in a responsible way with all parts of the communion.”
At Wednesday morning's session of ACC-15, members resolved to have Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Anglican Communion Secretary General Canon Kenneth Kearon direct a group to monitor the Communion’s response to gender-based violence and other forms of abuse.
“There seems to be a number of different strands of this ACC that are really coming together around this issue,” said Mr Blake.
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