2022 Resolution #4:
Active Shooter Training and Safety Resources

Secretary of the Convention

Last Update: July 31st, 2022

Status

This proposed resolution is being reviewed by the Committee on Resolutions and may not be in its final form.

Resolved, That the 173rd Convention of the Diocese of California create resources and training around active shooter and church campus safety. Throughout the Diocese of California, parishes share a concern for mass shootings and the safety of staff, parishioners and the general public and that every possible precaution must be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of staff, parishioners and the general public. 

Resolved, That parishes in the Diocese of California need to have plans in place for active shooter situations during the week, and/ or on Sundays. Security isn’t just an expense, it is a Ministry that requires attention and resources to be effective. 

Resolved, That the Diocese of California staff under the bishop implement a safety plan and active shooter training resources for each of our parishes and missions in order to help keep our church communities safe which would include and directs the following:

  • Efforts to provide active shooter training should be coordinated with the Disaster Preparedness Committee.

  • Each congregation (especially those with a school as a tenant on campus) is encouraged to confer with their local law enforcement agency to see if they might conduct on-site active shooter training and/or give an on-site assessment of the church campus vulnerabilities, emergency exits, escape routes, rally points, emergency supplies/equipment, etc.

  • Along with active shooter training, it is recommended that the Diocese provide a short training course to all clergy working in congregations on how to pastorally respond and tend to church and community members in an initial/first response to such traumatic events as active shooting, hostage situation, terrorist attack, natural or man-made disasters. 

Explanation: 

As we listen on the news about more mass shootings and in particular churches including this year an Episcopal Church in Alabama, we need to be best prepared should an active shooter situation arise. Currently we have talked about ending gun violence, but more needs to be done to help ensure safety in our churches. 

Submitted by: 

The Rev. Jon Owens, St. Alban’s Albany, and Chair of Executive Council of the Diocese of California, owensj2016@fau.edu

Pamela Kruse-Buckingham, St. Paul’s Oakland, pamela.kruse.buckingham@gmail.com

Endorsed by:
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Albany