Clergy Professional Development Days in 2022 are again being offered in two parts, a Workshop on Microaggression and a Safe Church Review. Each part will be offered four times between March and September.
The Workshop on Microaggression will be provided by the diocesan Racial Justice Commission.
Microaggressions are the everyday, subtle, intentional—and oftentimes unintentional—interactions or behaviors that communicate some sort of bias toward historically marginalized groups that are discriminated against or subject to stereotypes. The workshop is an occasion to learn the difference between microaggressions and overt discrimination, explore ways to be more aware of biases and how these inadvertent actions affect the people we come into contact with. The workshop will be offered on:
- Tuesday, March 8, 4:30-7 p.m. via Zoom
- Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom
- Tuesday, June 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom
- Friday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom
The Safe Church Review segment fulfills the refresher requirement, along with attendance at the Workshop on Microaggression, for those clergy who are due for one this year. The Safe Church Review segment will be offered on:
- Wednesday, March 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom
- Friday, April 8, 5-7 p.m. via Zoom
- Tuesday, June 14, 1-3 p.m. via Zoom
- Friday, Sept. 9, 1-3 p.m. via Zoom
All clergy are encouraged to take advantage of the workshop. Clergy due for a Safe Church refresher in 2022 should attend both the workshop and the review segment. Clergy may choose to attend the segments in any order and combination.
Most clergy who are canonically resident or licensed to officiate in the Diocese of Massachusetts are required to attend a Clergy Professional Development Day every three years in order to maintain good standing (see the document here explaining required attendance and exemptions). Also, every three years, clergy will be required to complete online training via Praesidium Academy (those who do not have an account should contact the Safe Church administrator at their church or, if non-parochial or retired, Jennifer Garrett at email@example.com) and authorize the Diocese of Massachusetts to conduct a nationwide public records check.
Questions may be directed to Martha Gardner, Missioner for Networking and Formation (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 403).