UM Sexual Ethics About

Who are we?

This website is a collaboration of the Interagency Sexual Ethics Task Force of The United Methodist Church and is funded and supported by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

The United Methodist Church (UMC)

 The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a worldwide connection of Christians adhering to a common way of discipline, practices, and beliefs. The basic organizing unit of the UMC is the annual conference, a geographically defined area of ministry. There are 59 annual conferences within the US and an equal number in countries beyond the United States.

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW)

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) is one of thirteen general agencies of this church.  We are called to be an advocate, catalyst, and monitor for gender justice and inclusiveness within the UMC. The Commission advocates the full participation and inclusion of all women in the church, challenges the church to confront institutional sexism, and helps church leaders address issues of sexual ethics. Our mission is to challenge The United Methodist Church at all levels to work for full and equal participation of women in the total life of the denomination, including ordination of women, equal access to policy-making and recognition that Jesus Christ calls men and women alike to salvation, liberation, discipleship and service in church and society.

Sexual Ethics Task Force

The Sexual Ethics Task Force is convened by GCSRW to promote and coordinate ministries in sexual ethics across the UMC. The Task Force is mandated “to address the areas of prevention, education, intervention, and healing” regarding sexual misconduct within ministerial relationships and “to ensure that resources for laity and clergy in ministerial roles and identified and promoted for use in conferences, districts or cluster, and local congregations” (The Book of Resolutions 2016p. 780). Read our Mandate and History.




Misconduct of a sexual nature is about power – power which is abused through sexualized behavior.

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The Sacred Trust of Ministry

Sexual misconduct is a betrayal of sacred trust.

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The Church

Sexual discrimination, harassment, and misconduct are against church law.

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