Do No Harm 2015 Conference
Best Practices for Health, Accountability and Wholeness

October 15-17, 2015


“Do No Harm 2015” is a sexual ethics summit addressing the most recent developments and challenges in prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature, particularly by persons in ministerial roles (both lay and clergy) within The United Methodist Church.


The purpose of this conference is to provide resources of knowledge and skills to equip people in ministerial leadership positions to develop best practices in prevention and response to sexual abuse and misconduct within the church. The event provides opportunities for conference leaders, both clergy and laity to network across the denomination. The programs and workshops provide understanding, skill-building, and grounding for the participants to clarify their roles and to coordinate their efforts with persons in other roles as the church addresses problems of sexual abuse and misconduct

Intended Audience

“Do No Harm 2015” is intended for annual conference and district leadership, Response Team personnel, conference Safe Sanctuaries Teams, Bishops and other cabinet members, Directors of Connectional Ministries, as well as chancellors, counsel for the church, local church lay leaders and Staff Parish members, Board of Ordained Ministry members, campus ministers, and others who coordinate annual conference or district ministries related to sexual ethics and boundaries in ministerial relationships.


Annual conferences are asked to invite appropriate leaders to attend – teams from each annual conference are encouraged.

Conference leaders endeavoring to start or invigorate a Response Team or Safe Sanctuaries Team are especially encouraged to attend.  Each annual conference is expected to pay the costs of registration, travel, accommodations, meals, and related expenses for its participants. The event is designed to accommodate 300 registered attendees.


This event is sponsored by the United Methodist Inter-agency Sexual Ethics Task Force, convened by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and including representatives of General Board Of Discipleship, General Board of Global Ministries, General Board of Higher Education and Ministries, General Board of Church and Society, General Council on Finance and Administration, General Board Of Pension and Health Benefits, United Methodist Women, several annual conferences, and the Council of Bishops.


The most recent “Do No Harm” event was held in January 2011 in Houston, Texas. Three hundred participants and leaders attended from 56 annual conferences.

The first “Do No Harm” event was held in July 2006 in Nashville. Attendance was 250; 48 ACs were represented. The programs at these events included Response Teams, Safe Sanctuaries, a panel with bishops, legal aspects, and racial / ethnic contexts.


This event does not purport to offer legal advice or replace the need to consult with a lawyer on matters of civil law. While conference leaders from outside the US are encouraged to attend, the programs and workshops focus primarily on US contexts.

Leaders from other denominations are also welcome to attend, although the focus will be primarily on the UMC context.

Register early and save!

$400 until February 27, 2015

$450 - February 28 - June 30, 2015

$525 - July 1 - September 30, 2015

$250 - Day rates based upon availability September 1 - 30, 2015

A block of hotel rooms are currently being held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare. Rooms are based on a first come/first serve basis. Reservations may be made by calling Connections Housing at, 800-262-9974 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm EST).

2015 Do No Harm Hotel Reservations - Click Here  for online reservations.

Please note:  All hotel reservations, modifications or cancellations must be made through Connections Housing.  To take advantage of the special 2015 Do No Harm negotiated Group rate, please make your hotel reservation by September 30, 2015.  You may cancel your reservation for no charge 72-hours prior to arrival.  Please note that you will be assessed one nights’ room and tax if you must cancel after this deadline.