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.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
For twenty-eight years, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has attempted to pass an amendment to The United Methodist Constitution protecting the rights of women to membership in the local church. Our legislation, which was modified by the General Conference, passed by the necessary two-thirds majority at General Conference 2016 and was forwarded to each individual annual conference across the connection for a vote. A two-thirds aggregate vote was needed for ratification of the decision of General Conference.
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.