Panel Discussion: "Sexual Misconduct: Safeguarding Christian Organizations" (2020)

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Speakers: Judi Fairholm, Alex Morin, and Kirsten Pontalti
Moderator: Claudia Rossetto 

Organization: Mission Central

Seminar Description:
Sexual misconduct is pervasive wherever there are power imbalances. Yet Christian communities and organizations often minimize these risks. This panel discussion provides evidence of the problem, a pastor’s story of the pain, and tools for preventing and reporting misconduct in your organization.

Speaker's Biographies:

  • Kirsten Pontalti is a researcher and policy advisor on issues related to children in low-income and fragile contexts. She holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. She co-leads Proteknôn Group, an international consulting group focused on child protection and serves as a director for Vancouver Vineyard Church.
  • Judi Fairholm is a nationally and internationally recognized expert and practitioner on preventing violence against children. During her career with the Canadian Red Cross, she received numerous awards, including the International Florence Nightingale Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
  • Alex Morin (pseudonym) is a long-time pastor serving an economically, socially and ethnically diverse church in the Canadian urban context. He will share from his experience walking his congregation through the effects of sexual misconduct in the clergy. He will explore the challenges and pitfalls encountered on the path toward healing and will offer some recommendations based on his community's experience.
  • Claudia Rossetto (Moderator) is the Church Relations Coordinator and Chair of the Seminar Committee at Mission Central/Missions Fest Vancouver. She managed the IT department for 7 years at Food For The Hungry Bolivia, a Relief and Development organization. She holds an MA from Regent College and a DMin from Carey Theological College. She is passionate about missionary discipleship.

Concentration: Relief and Development