Atlanta— The board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) met March 14-16, 2019, at the General Board of Global Ministries’ offices in Atlanta, GA. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Annual Conference preached from Hebrews 13: 1-18 during the meeting’s opening worship. She urged the board to go outside the walls of the church, their communities and into those challenging, difficult spaces that are often overlooked in an effort to share the gospel with others. The board of directors was blessed to have Marcus Briggs-Cloud of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference serve as the worship leader for their morning worship services.
Chicago—The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has developed new sexual ethics resources to be utilized by annual conferences and local churches to address sexual misconduct and harassment. All resources are available online and are free to download off of the gcsrw.org and umsexualethics.org websites.
CHICAGO— The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has named The Rev. Pamela Pirtle of the Northern Illinois Conference Director of Leadership Development and Accountability. She is responsible for supporting annual conference COSROWs, providing resources and education for the full inclusion on women and overseeing monitoring functions on behalf of the agency.
Chicago— The board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) met September 13-15, 2018, at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. The board was led in worship by Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Annual Conference. Bishop Haller preached from Mark 5: 21-43, pointing to how the board should emulate the faith demonstrated by the hemorrhaging woman and Jarius, the father of the deceased girl, in their work. She challenged GCSRW and The United Methodist Church to get up and continue being courageous witnesses, doing the work faithfully in front of them.
Over the recent weeks and months, and continuing on a seemingly daily basis, the media have been saturated with stories of persons coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct perpetrated by individuals in positions of power and authority.
CHICAGO— The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) translated its Women Called to Ministry curriculum into Korean. Women Called to Ministry is a six-session study exploring women's roles in The United Methodist Church. The curriculum grapples with questions such as, “Why are women ordained?”
COLUMBIA—One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Further, South Carolina has ranked near or at No. 1 for the past 10 years for women murdered by men.
Chicago— The board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) met in Chicago from September 20-23, 2017 at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple.
CHICAGO— The 2017-2020 United Methodist Inter-Agency Sexual Ethics Task Force (IASETF) met in Chicago May 11-May 12, 2017 for its organizing meeting. The group set goals and established working committees to ground its focus and priorities for the next four years.
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) conducts sexual ethics trainings throughout the United States, educating clergy and laity on the dangers of misusing power, stressing the importance of boundaries in ministerial relationships, and equipping annual conference leadership to have a Response Team in place to handle cases of sexual misconduct.