The Department of Continuing Education of the Orthodox Church in America held its first seminar on clergy sexual misconduct at the Franciscan Renewal Center here February 12, 2013.
The sessions were offered at the 10th annual Clergy “Confertreat” of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America February 11-14.
In addition to His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel and His Grace, Bishop Irineu, over 40 priests, deacons and clergy wives participated.
According to Archpriest Dr. Ian Pac-Urar, recently appointed Department Director, the seminar consisted of four sessions dealing with sexual misconduct and clergy professional ethics, healthy boundaries and boundary violations, power and vulnerability, and mandatory reporting.
“Participants fulfilled the new five-hour continuing education requirement in professional, legal and ethical issues adopted by the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops on January 28, 2013,” said Father Ian. “Other sessions explored clergy wellness and self-care, the Shroud of Turin, and the life of the renowned Romanian confessor, Father Arsenie Boca. Participants in these sessions also received 7 hours of credit toward the general, 20-hour Continuing Clergy Development requirement.”
In addition to Father Ian, presenters included the Rev. James Barkett. and Dr. Stephen Muse.
“The Department is ready to offer on-site presentations to deanery and diocesan gatherings,” added Father Ian. “On-line versions are being prepared for presentation this summer.”
For background information on the new Department please log on to oca.org/news/headline-news/department-of-continuing-education-begins-work-issues-survey.