Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As I think about all that has happened between graduation on May 17th and today, I am amazed. Residence halls have been cleaned and prepared for a new year. Eighteen apartments were rehabbed for new occupants. Dead trees were removed. For three weeks, doctoral students were here for their residency. VTS was fully present at General Convention in August. Rising middlers experienced CPE. The list goes on and on.

There is one major task that you will notice: windows added to office doors. Scores of doors have been removed and carefully altered to place windowpanes in the doors. Some may question the aesthetic purity of this alteration; others may like the added light. The reason for this change is very simple: it is to comply with Safe Church standards. Windows in office doors remove the expectation of privacy, which protects everyone.

The Church should be at the forefront of abuse prevention. We shouldn’t need a #MeToo movement to get us moving. Indeed, the Episcopal Church has been actively working at prevention of misconduct for decades. This summer’s window work reminds us that we all have a role in creating a safe church.

Peace be with you,

Jim Mathes
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Anglican Studies
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