Sexual Harassment Policy of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Sexual Harassment Policy

This is heart breaking.  

On Sunday 28 January at the Central Methodist Church in Pretoria several young women bravely stood up to protest against their experience of sexual harassment at the church.  Their story has been featured on television and radio and circulated widely in social media. You can watch an interview with one of the women here -

The #metoo campaign and Thursdays in Black campaigns have highlighted our need as a community to deal with the scourge of sexual violence against women.  At work, in public and even at church.

Jesus instructs us -
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
- Matthew 5:28

In 2015 the Methodist Church drafted a sexual harassment policy, adopted in 2017 which you can find at this address -

The goal of the harassment policy is to create a safe space for those who feel that they have been harassed or abused in any way to be properly heard in a way that empowers them to stand strong with the help of a community.  It is also to help us to disciple those who might transgress norms of acceptable behavior and conduct.

Nothing stops us from establishing our own anti-harassment team or teams at the Table View Methodist Society.  If you are interested in this form of ministry - please read through the policy, pray about it and let me know, or speak to one of our society stewards.  I imagine that a dedicated team might be key to a ministry of empowerment that extends beyond the walls of our church and into our neighboring community to help those who have nowhere else to turn.