chapter  10
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Reowning Responsibility

Most of us think of responsibilities as those things that we are supposed to do-our obligations, those tasks that we have taken on, the burdens that we carry in work, family, and community. We are “responsible” employees and get to work on time; we are “responsi­ ble” parents and provide for our children; we are “responsible” citi­ zens and go to the polls on election day. There is another form of responsibility however, one that has a lighter yoke but heavier conse­ quences. Here, in the context of the family of faith, we need to look at personal responsibility, as well as corporate responsibility in the light of ethics and ethical systems. And we need to look at how we can reown that responsibility through the use of consultants, preventative maintenance, the creation of boundaries, and pro-active clergy training.