By Elaine Moy*
"[General church agencies] will provide leave for newborn or adoption childcare leave in the amount
of 18 days." (Adopted Feb 2011, Personnel Policies and Procedures of the
General Agancies or the United Methodist Chruch.)
I had both my children while working for GCSRW and I would have appreciated the 18 days paid time off to
be with them. Instead, I had my medical leave, vacation days and then family leave (which was unpaid.) My
husband also took time off from his work to stay with them after I came back to work.
The change is long overdue and much needed. In the past, some parents didn't take time to stay home with
their new child (or children) but now it is more common and encouraged for both father and mother to stay
home in the beginning. Details of the policy is in the Personnel Policies and Procedures of the General
Agencies of the United Methodist Church.)
*Elaine Moy of Chicago is assistant general secretary for finance and administration for the General
Commission on the Status and Role of Women.