Niagara Diocese, a safe church

Marni Nancekivell

Safe Church initiatives within the Diocese of Niagara are dedicated to ensuring that the church is a safe and holy place for all people at all times.  

We affirm the dignity and worth of all persons, young or old, male or female, rich or poor.  

To that end, our protocols apply to all of the people of the Diocese of Niagara in all of our faith communities, no matter what ministry they partake in, be it volunteer, paid, lay or ordained. 

By the end of March 2019, I will be relinquishing this ministry as I move into retirement.   

Synod 1 Marni
The Reverend Canon Marni Nancekivell modelled the Indigenous diversity blanket presented to her following a synod motion acknowledging her many contributions to the life of Niagara since becoming Secretary of Synod on February 16, 2011. “She has been a gifted pastor to many, a trusted advisor to our bishops, a good steward of our property resources and a steadfast advocate for a safer and more inclusive Church.” Marni retired December 31. Photo: Bill Mous

I am aware that throughout the Ecclesiastical Diocese of Ontario, there are individuals who both separately and together are pondering how to continue to foster an environment within our faith communities that is safe and holy.    

Truly, the Spirit moves in our midst as we come to terms with what it means to be the Christian Church in the days of #MeToo and #ChurchToo.    

May we open our hearts and minds to the voice of God in our midst. 

 The Reverend Canon Marni Nancekivell, Director of Safe Church, Volunteer Management and Screening

(From Marni’s report to the most recent Niagara Synod.)