Sex Offenders in the Pew

Written by Scott J. Sheely on Sunday - October 17, 2010.

Christianity Today, October 17, 2010:  According to a recent article in Christianity Today, the U.S. Department of Justice's Sex Offender Registry includes the names and locations of 549,000 persons convicted of or charged with sex crimes. The odds are that if you are reading this article, you have come into contact with a sex offender or a victim, whether you know it or not. This in itself may account for the emotionally charged responses to sex offenders.  Click here to download a copy of the article.

In April 2010, Christianity Today International (CTI) conducted a national survey of 2,864 people, including ordained church leaders (15 percent), church staff (20 percent), lay members (43 percent), and other active Christians (22 percent). Respondents were drawn from the readers of CTI publications and websites. The purpose of the "Sex Offenders in the Church" survey was to explore attitudes and beliefs on whether to allow sex offenders to participate in faith communities. The survey explored what practices churches use to keep their congregations safe when sex offenders are welcomed.

Pastors, lay leaders, and churchgoers overwhelmingly agree that sex offenders who have legally paid for their crime should be welcomed into churches. In fact, 8 in 10 respondents indicated that registered offenders should be allowed to attend church under continuous supervision and subject to appropriate limitations.

Sex Offending: Myths, Facts and Challenges

Written by Scott J. Sheely on Sunday - September 19, 2010.

Lancaster:  Community Renewal for Sex Offenders (CR-SO) will offer a presentation on "Sex Offending: Myths, Facts and Challenges," in Lancaster on Thursday, September 23,2010 for concerned citizens, former offenders and their friends and family, criminal justice personnel, clergy, public officials, service providers, employers, and therapists in Lancaster and nearby counties. The speaker will be Santhi S.Leon, J.D., Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.  Click here for a downloadable flyer for the event and herefor a downloadable brochure on CR-SO.

There will be a choice of two sessions, 12 pm to 1:30 (light lunch provided) and 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. It will take place at the Lancaster Quaker Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terrace. From Route 30 west of Lancaster, take Rohrerstown Rd (Route 741) south two miles. Turn left on Columbia Rd, (Route 462) past Wheatland Shopping Center (tall flag pole). Turn left on Tulane Terrace and go about 100 yards.

Please let CR-SO know you are coming and indicate which session (noon or evening). If you prefer not to provide contact information just show up. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Phone: 717-397-3569.

CR-SO is a broad-based citizen effort promoting public policy and programs for sex offenders to reduce victimization and to support those who have offended to live in the community without doing harm to others or to themselves. Event coordinators include Jim Kalish (organizer, advocate) John Rush (director, New Persons Center, Reading, PA), Don Sensenig (retired minister and mentor), and David Worth (pioneer in support for sex offender re-entry, Canada).