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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.

AC COSROW presence at Annual Conference

The Indiana AC COSROW committee has developed the following plan to be present at annual conference. We hope this inspires other AC COSROWs to have a similar presence and we encourage you to share your own ideas with us.

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The Power of One Voice

The Power of One Voice highlights Bishop Tracy Smith Malone's leadership development to becoming one of the most influential people in The United Methodist Church. While this is just a brief overview of her ministry journey, it brings attention to the important role women played in empowering her. 

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Join us in welcoming our newest team member

Effective July 1st, Smartt Sears, an ordained elder and lifelong United Methodist, will help set the vision and direction for the commission’s ministries and will be in community with Annual Conference COSROWs across the connection.

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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.


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


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


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.

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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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A male and female paying attention

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.

Leaders Guide
Participants Guide

#MeToo Toolkit

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

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