Church Participation by a Registered Child Sex Offender

A convicted and/or registered sex offender who wishes to be part of a church community should expect to have conditions placed on his or her participation. Indeed, offenders who have been in treatment and are truly committed to living a life free of further abuse will be the first to declare that, in order to accomplish that, they must structure a life that includes on-going treatment, accountability mechanisms, and lack of access to children.

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Youth in Crisis

Youth in Crisis
1990 General Resolution

GUIDED by our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being; and

RECOGNIZING our commitment and responsibility to provide youth with basic nurturing, support, encouragement, and protection; and

WHEREAS young people embody humanity’s hope for the future; and

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Materials on Sexual Abuse

Materials on Sexual Abuse
1985 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, sexual abuse and exploitation of children and youth are continental problems; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association is committed to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association holds that sexual abuse and exploitation of children and youth are contrary to the principles of Unitarian Universalism and mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually harmful as well as immoral and unethical; and

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On Children, Poverty, and Violence

On Children, Poverty, and Violence
1984 General Resolution

WHEREAS, over half of all United States and Canadian children under the age of eighteen in female-headed households live below the poverty level; and

WHEREAS, growing numbers of children of all income groups and all family situations are harmed by abuse and neglect; and

WHEREAS, we, as Unitarian Universalists, join with women, men and children everywhere in striving for universal dignity, equality, freedom and peace, to which all, including children, are entitled; and

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Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse and Neglect
1977 General Resolution
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HEREAS, abuse and neglect of children is a family and societal problem of national significance; and

WHEREAS, children are innocent and powerless victims of abuse and neglect; and

WHEREAS, Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974, created a National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and an Advisory Board and authorized the Center to make grants to states, public and private agencies for programs in child abuse and neglect;

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Recommendations in Regard to the Human Sexuality Study

Recommendations in Regard to the Human Sexuality Study

Adopted by the Eleventh General Synod, United Church of Christ

1977

“Resolved, that the Eleventh General Synod of the United Church of Christ: Calls upon the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries to continue to provide leadership in developing resources concerning human sexuality for appropriate use by various
age groups in local churches and to provide consultative services and training for Conference, Associations, and congregations
who wish to sponsor programs concerned with human sexuality and family life.”

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Female Genital Mutilation

WHEREAS, Jeremiah offers Biblical support that wisdom, strength, and money do not matter as much as kindness, justice, and equity;

WHEREAS, the "Good news of Jesus is violated if we ignore the pain of some of the most vulnerable children of this world." (Valerie Russell, UCC Office for Church in Society);

WHEREAS, there is no basis for Female Genital Mutilation in the Bible or the Koran, and it is not practiced in Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam;

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