Dawn Wiggins Hare, General Secretary
Becky Posey Williams, Senior Director for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy
Gail Murphy-Geiss, Principal Researcher
The United Methodist Church, through the work of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), has been addressing sexual misconduct in the United States for over 25 years, the first study mandated by the General Conference of 1988, and published in 1990.
Upon invitation, The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW)
conducted sexual ethics training for the Council of Bishops (COB) in November 2017. The
trainings included a boundaries training, “Sustaining Integrity in Ministry,” offered to the full
Council of Bishops.
by Rev. Pamela Pirtle
It was October 5, 2017, when a New York  Times article was published that gave voice to years of rumors that sexual abuse and assault were prominent among Hollywood’s circle of A-list stars.
by Shelby Ruch-Teegarden
In 1996, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church created the order of the ordained deacon. Before this, deacons were ordained as a step in the ordination process to elder, instead of as a stand-alone order. Since 1996, the number of ordained deacons in The United Methodist Church has continued to increase. But despite the increase, deacons still only comprise a small percentage of United Methodist clergy: in 2018, 5% of our total clergy (including licensed local pastors) were deacons in full connection or provisional deacons. Of our ordained deacons, a significant majority are women. 76.5% of our deacons in full connection and our provisional deacons in The United Methodist Church in the United States are women. This should give us joy for the progress that has been made and hope for the future of the church. Another statistic that should give the church hope is that 271 out of 1581 provisional clergy are provisional deacons. This means that 17.4% of provisional clergy are provisional deacons, which suggests that those seeking ordination as deacons in full connection are rapidly increasing in numbers.
By Magaela C. Bethune, MS, MPA
This report - the last of a three-part series by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) – continues a conversation on the gender breakdown of the 2019 Special Called Session of General Conference delegates.
By Magaela C. Bethune, MS, MPA
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) published part one of a report on the gender distribution of 2019 Special Called Session of General Conference delegates. In this second report, GCSRW continues the conversation on delegates’ gender distribution and representation. Below is a comparison between 2008 and 2019 data, a reflection on the progress made, and persistent challenges regarding gender representation among General Conference delegates.
by Magaela Bethune, MS, MPA
By Rev. Leigh Goodrich
In April, 2018, an annual conference desk audit regarding leadership was performed by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW).
During the month of April, we canvassed Annual Conference (AC) websites in the United States to determine who fills leadership positions on the staffs of our United States Annual Conferences.
The Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLL) met from February 25 to the 28, 2018, on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia to worship, learn, and share. During that time, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women had the opportunity to ask lay leaders from all over the United States how women were faring in their specific annual conference. While some of the results were expected, others were surprising.