UM Sexual Ethics

Sexual Ethics

A Ministry of the GENERAL COMMISSION ON THE STATUS AND ROLE OF WOMEN of The United Methodist Church (UMC)

Do No More Harm: A Complaint Process Guide

We’re glad you found our website.  We’ve discovered that one of the most difficult things in the area of Sexual Ethics and the Church is knowing what the very first steps are, and then what the subsequent actions should be. We’ve organized our website accordingly. The United Methodist Church is committed to preventing misconduct and addressing it when it occurs. We strive to achieve a response that encourages and ensures accountability and healing to all parties. To eradicate sexual harassment and misconduct in The United Methodist Church, every member must get involved.

How the Church Defines Sexual Misconduct


As stated in the UMC Book of Resolutions, “Sexual Misconduct within ministerial relationships is a betrayal of sacred trust. It is a continuum of sexual or gender-directed behaviors by either a lay or clergy person within a ministerial relationship (paid or unpaid). It can include child abuse, adult sexual abuse, harassment, rape or sexual assault, sexualized verbal comments or visuals, unwelcome touching and advances, use of sexualized materials including pornography, stalking, sexual abuse of youth or those without capacity to consent, or misuse of the pastoral or ministerial position using sexualized conduct to take advantage of the vulnerability of another. It includes criminal behaviors in some nations, states, and communities and is a chargeable offense in The United Methodist Church." (2016 Book of Resolutions, #2044).

Our Confidential Toll-Free Number 1-800-523-8390

For support please call this number to talk with someone at The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. is a dedicated website to provide information for laity, clergy, church leaders, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual misconduct in The United Methodist Church.

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- John Wesley

"I'm not sure what to call what just happened to me."

UM Sexual Ethics is here as a resource to help you put language to uncomfortable and inappropriate interactions and behaviors. Our purpose is to help you identify sexual misconduct and to know what steps should be taken depending on your given situation.

Although our website offers a lot of guidance and information, sometimes being able to talk to someone in person is really helpful. We also provide a Toll-free | Confidential #. 800-523-8390



We serve laity, clergy, church leaders, and anybody who is interested. Our role is to provide resources for how to respond to and prevent sexual misconduct in the United Methodist Church.

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