Concordia St. Paul News

February 21, 2012

Faith Community Crime & Safety Symposium – CANCELLED


Where: Concordia University St. Paul, Buenger Education Center (Free Parking)
When: Friday, April 27, 2012 (Event Cancelled)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Safety within the faith community is an important issue of our times. Education about safety, along with a broader understanding of the spiritual community, benefits all faiths. Concordia University, St. Paul seeks to build a better relationship and trust between all denominations of faith communities and the criminal justice system. Mainstream churches, synagogues, mosques and all faith communities are dealing with complex issues associated with crime and safety. There are many questions and uncertainties that face religious decision-makers and other key leaders in the area of crime and safety. The 2012 Faith Community, Crime and Safety Symposium will address these critical issues.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration (coffee, juice and rolls provided)
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session One — Recognizing and Initial Response to Crisis
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – Noon Session Two — Crisis Management, Best Practices, Whose Role is It
Noon Lunch (provided)
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session Three — Duty to Report and Hiring Practice of Policies of
Employees and Volunteers in the Faith Community
2:15 p.m. Break (refreshments)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Panel — Symposium Speakers
3:30 p.m. Closing

The Prevalence of Crime in Faith Communities:

Criminal statistics involving religious institutions in the United States in 2009:

  • More than 1,200 crimes against churches in 2009
  • 12 homicides
  • 38 other violent incidents
  • 3 sexual assaults
  • 3 kidnappings
  • Nearly 100 arsons
  • 700 burglaries
  • $24 million in property lost
  • Several other hate related crimes


Session One: Recognizing and Initial Response to Crisis
Pastor Dan Carlson – Founder of Public Safety Ministries, Chaplain for the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and Retired Eden Praire, MN Chief of Police

This session will identify the various types of crisis that faith communities and their members may experience. Crisis examples range from natural disasters, criminal acts, bias hate crimes, burglary, thefts and inappropriate criminal behavior of paid and/or volunteer church workers.

Session Two: Crisis Management and Best Practices – Whose Role is It?
Senator John Harrington – Retired St. Paul, MN Chief of Police

This session encompasses how faith community leaders and members would handle crisis management (working with law enforcement, other social services and victim advocacy organizations), best practices to follow (background checks, policy and protocol, data privacy) to who is responsible for taking the lead when these crisis’ occur.

Session Three: Duty to Report and Hiring Practice and Policies of Employees and Volunteers in the Faith Community
wight G. Rabuse – Rabuse Law Firm, P.A. – Minneapolis, MN

Legal ramifications are explored in the areas of hiring practices, duty to report and whistle blowing in this session.


John Harrington

Dwight G. Rabuse

Questions can be directed to: Erv Weinkauf, Criminal Justice Department Chair, or at 651-603-6277.

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