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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.

Welcoming a Woman Pastor

This resource has been developed to provide guidance for onboarding and orientation, and to help set clergy and churches up for success when a female pastor is first received into a local church appointment.

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Questions for Episcopal Candidates

GCSRW asked your help to develop questions for jurisdictional delegates who will be meeting with episcopal candidates and discerning their leadership within The United Methodist Church as bishops. Here are some starter questions based on your responses. 

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Percentage of U.S. Bishops - Jurisdictional Conference Elections 2022

These charts report the percentage breakdown of female and male bishops elected to serve in the U.S. as of January 2017, currently, as of 2022, and where newly elected bishops will serve as of 2023. 

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General Commission on Status and Role of Women Equal Pay Resource

How Far We've Come and the Distance Still to Go

UMC Clergywomen are Still Significantly Undercompensated. 

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AC COSROW Monitoring Form

Seeking equity at the table...whose voices are we hearing? Whose are silent?

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

AC COSROW Resources

For 50 years GCSRW and leaders across The UMC have labored to eradicate sexism in the church. What resources are available for your Annual Conference's journey?

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

The Way of Integrity 

A small group study encouraging living in right relationship with self and others.

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Participants Guide

#MeToo Toolkit

A guide to identifying, understanding and responding to sexual misconduct.

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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

We provide resources for how to respond to and prevent sexual misconduct in The United Methodist Church through education, policies and support.

Monitoring

We monitor annual conferences, jurisdictional conferences, and the General Conference for inclusiveness and report this information to the UMC.

Education

We educate on inclusiveness, expansive language and women's issues in support of both the Church and the world.

Leadership

We nurture clergy and lay leaders in the church, both women and men, to recognize every person – as full and equal parts of God’s human family.