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Moravian Church elects female president after sex scandals

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman has been elected as the new president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, which was has been rocked by sex scandals in which three senior members were accused of sexual involvement with underage girls.

President-elect, Rev Phyllis Smith Seymour, is the first woman to hold the post and will take charge of the Moravian Churches in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, said a statement from the church today.

She will replace Dr Paul Gardner, who along with vice-president Jermaine Gibson, resigned after they were charged earlier this year with carnal abuse and indecent assault.

This came after news spread of the arrest of Reverend Rupert Clarke, who was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

In a bid to prevent a recurrence of such scandals, in which the church came under heavy scrutiny, delegates passed a Child Care and Protection Policy earlier this month at the church's 75th Provincial Synod.

The policy outlines specific ground rules to be followed by church leaders and workers as well as volunteers who interact with minors.

The release went further to state that in accordance with the Child Care and Protection Act, the guidelines set out in the policy are to be supported by a programme of training and sensitisation of Church leaders, staff and workers as well as volunteers who interact with minors.

The release went further to state that in accordance with the Child Care and Protection Act, the guidelines set out in the policy are to be supported by a programme of training and sensitisation of Church leaders, staff and laity.



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