As with many forward-looking denominational organizations, the Alliance of Baptists have a similar outlook as ours, regarding harm prevention. This can be seen in the Covenant, to which the Alliance asks endorse clergy to commit, before being recognized by the Alliance (visit site). This Covenant covers: supportiveness, cooperation and collegiality; good stewardship; the highest ethical standards and integrity; refraining from harmful practices including misuse of position of status or authority.
Like our NonHarming Oath, the Alliance’s Covenant involves active harm-prevention: a commitment to actively seek to know and respect diverse opinions, beliefs and practices, and “personally and professionally support persons who experience discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, age, marital status, national origin, physical ability, or mental ability.”
Also like our Oath, the Alliance’s covenant covers confidentiality as well as the issue of mandated reporting. Their wording: to honor “all confidences shared with me in my capacity as a clergyperson, unless not allowed by law, and I will maintain such confidentiality even when the pastoral relationship has ended.”
Their Covenant is more specific than the Center’s NonHarming Oath in one particular area: the transition between one ministry and another: “I will navigate transitions between ministries carefully to support the ministry of those who follow me as well as the well-being of those with whom I have had a pastoral relationship.” Their Covenant also features professional development and spiritual growth, and an attempt at work/life balance and self-care: “I will live a life that honors my commitments to myself and my loved ones, including the need for privacy, time apart, and time together.”
About the Alliance of Baptists
The Alliance of Baptists is a denomination movement of progressive Christians–individuals and congregations from the Baptist or Free Church tradition–seeking to respond to the continuing call of God in a rapidly changing world. The Alliance is distinctively Baptist and intentionally ecumenical in an interfaith world. From its inception, the Alliance has called Baptists to stand for values that have distinguished the Baptist movement from its beginnings: individual and congregational freedoms; religious freedom for all in relationship to the state. The group is committed to inclusiveness and social justice, collaboration and partnership. More information is available on their website, www.allianceofbaptists.org.