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General Commission on the Status and Role of Women

Challenging the UMC for the full and equal participation of women in the total life and mission of the Church.
Do No More Harm

Do No More Harm

Presented by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women to provide guidance when there is a concern or complaint of sexual misconduct in The United Methodist Church.
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How Far We’ve Come and the Distance Still to Go: UMC Clergywomen are Still Significantly Undercompensated

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has chronicled the progress being made in closing the disparities in compensation for United Methodist Church (UMC) clergy by gender. In 2011
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General Commission on Status and Role of Women - Women by the numbers

2020 Geographic Trends of Gender Disparities in Composition and Compensation for UMC Clergy

In the first installment of a three-part series of reports on gender disparities in 2020 clergy compensation, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) explored the disparity in compensation of clergywomen and clergymen using 2020 U.S. compensation data from the denomination
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General Commission on Status and Role of Women - Annual Conference COSROWs Resources

AC COSROW Monitoring Form

A form with guiding questions that will help your COSROW committee as you plan and execute actions and event.

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General Commission on Status and Role of Women - Annual Conference Resources

AC COSROW Resources

Since 1972, the GCSRW has been charged with monitoring, research, education and advocacy to eradicate sexism in The UMC. Such an enormous job requires the work not just of the commission staff and governing board, but also the help of volunteers in every annual conference. Learn more about what an Annual Conference COSROW can accomplish.

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General Commission on Status and Role of Women - Way of Integrity Project

The Way of Integrity 

Inspired by The Integrity Project at Emory University, this curriculum was developed to encourage living in right relationship with self and others within the faith communities of our local United Methodist ministries.

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#METOO TOOLKIT

#MeToo Toolkit

This toolkit has resources to encourage dialogue to help people identify, understand and respond to the reality of sexual misconduct.

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God in the Bible Guide

God of the Bible

A five week study designed for small groups to explore expansive language- the names, images and ways God has been revealed to us in Scripture.

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The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women advocates for full participation of women in the total life of The United Methodist Church. We’re helping the church recognize every person – clergy and lay, women and men, adults and children - as full and equal parts of God’s human family. We believe that a fully engaged and empowered membership is vital to The United Methodist Church’s mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

Sexual Ethics

Our role is to provide resources for how to respond to and prevent sexual misconduct in The United Methodist Church. We do this by educating church leaders and seminarians on sexual ethics and policies and by supporting victims/survivors of sexual harassment or abuse.

Monitoring

We monitor annual conferences, jurisdictional conferences, and the General Conference for inclusiveness. We continue to look at United Methodist Church statistics and data for women’s representation across the denomination. Monitoring reports and our research findings, found in our Women by the Numbers segment, are posted on our blog and website.

Education

We provide education through different trainings and free curriculum. We developed guidelines for inclusive and expansive language in our God of the Bible curriculum. We helped cultivate and support women’s calls into ministry in our Women Called to Ministry curriculum translated into French, Portuguese, and Spanish. We also educate by raising the Church’s awareness to women’s issues and opportunities in both the Church and the world.

Leadership

We train and support women from our local Annual Conference COSROW chairs to women in the Central Conferences. We strive to nurture clergy and lay leaders in the church, both women and men, to recognize every person – clergy and lay, women and men, adults and children -- as full and equal parts of God’s human family. Upcoming leadership training events and webinars can be found on the events page.