Churches torn on whether to allow molesters in pews

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(RNS) “All are welcome” is a common phrase on many a church sign and website. But what happens when a convicted sex offender takes those words literally? Church officials and legal advocates are grappling with how — and if — people who’ve been convicted of sex crimes should be included in U.S. congregations, especially when […]

  • I have written a book for congregations on how to minister to people with a history of sex offenses. I worked with Rev. Shockley as his church went through this process. It’s called “A Time to Heal” and is available from the Christian Community, It is also available in a version for Unitarian Universalist churches on the web site of the UUA under the title “Balancing Acts.”

    Rev. Debra W. Haffner