On June 30 of this year, I will conclude twenty years as professor of historical theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Canada: I gave notice ten days ago that I would be concluding my time at the end of the month. It’s a big change as I’m leaving the academy and my career as a professor to go into full time work as a workplace investigator with Veritas Solutions based in Edmonton.
Veritas Solutions focuses on human resources risk management and investigations, aiding organizations in assessing problems in workplace culture and addressing specific allegations of misconduct such as harassment, bullying, abuse, workplace violence, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Under the direction of the Principal Director Bob Stenhouse, Veritas has grown to be a leader in the field within Canada.
I have been doing this work part time for a few years, but as of July 1 I shift to fulltime. And while I do investigations in multiple fields, my special bailiwick concerns faith-based contexts: my official position is the Director of Faith-Based Organization Investigations. Over the next several years, I intend to develop a focus on investigations in a variety of faith-based institutions such as schools, churches, and para-church ministries.
In our #ChurchToo era, I trust we all recognize the importance both of taking a proactive stance against abuse within faith-based organizations as well as seeking to cultivate awareness of best practices in a healthy work environment including psychological safety, leadership, and adherence to human rights legislation in the workplace.
Veritas Solutions is aptly named as “Veritas” is Latin for truth. And above all, Veritas Solutions both seeks to cast a light of truth into some dark and difficult situations and ultimately to encourage the cultivation of communities and workplaces of truth in which people can flourish together free of harm and abuse.