All STRONG members as well as any volunteer who works with children in the diocese of Austin must be Ethic and Integrity certified. Ethics and Integrity in Ministry, as it is called, is a program designed to prepare adult volunteers for the most vulnerable in our church: the youth. The class outlines warning signs to look for when a child might be in danger, diocesan policies as well as federal laws regarding the procedures for reporting suspected child abuse, and how to compassionately nurture and interact with children who may have experienced some form of mistreatment. An EIM certification lasts for three years until a renewal is needed.
Former Bishop of Austin Gregory Aymond said of EIM, "Our program was not a response to the national scandals which began the following year: it was borne out of recognition that the church must first be a protector of all God's children. The image of Jesus saying to his apostles 'Let the children come to me (Matthew 19:14) is a powerful one that should be echoed in all that we do for the Church".
To learn more about Ethics and Integrity in Ministry in our diocese, click on the following link:
To view upcoming EIM workshop dates, click on the following link: