Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
For twenty-eight years, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has attempted to pass an amendment to The United Methodist Constitution protecting the rights of women to membership in the local church. Our legislation, which was modified by the General Conference, passed by the necessary two-thirds majority at General Conference 2016 and was forwarded to each individual annual conference across the connection for a vote. A two-thirds aggregate vote was needed for ratification of the decision of General Conference.
CHICAGO— The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) translated its Women Called to Ministry curriculum into Korean. Women Called to Ministry is a six-session study exploring women's roles in The United Methodist Church. The curriculum grapples with questions such as, “Why are women ordained?”
COLUMBIA—One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Further, South Carolina has ranked near or at No. 1 for the past 10 years for women murdered by men.
Chicago— The board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) met in Chicago from September 20-23, 2017 at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple.
CHICAGO— The 2017-2020 United Methodist Inter-Agency Sexual Ethics Task Force (IASETF) met in Chicago May 11-May 12, 2017 for its organizing meeting. The group set goals and established working committees to ground its focus and priorities for the next four years.
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) conducts sexual ethics trainings throughout the United States, educating clergy and laity on the dangers of misusing power, stressing the importance of boundaries in ministerial relationships, and equipping annual conference leadership to have a Response Team in place to handle cases of sexual misconduct.
DALLAS— The board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) met in Dallas from March 16-18, 2017 at First United Methodist Church.
CHICAGO— The 2016 General Conference passed the proposed constitutional amendment to Paragraph 4, Article IV which adds ‘gender’, ‘age’, ‘marital status’, and ‘ability’ to the non-discriminatory clause in the membership section of The United Methodist Church’s constitution. The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) submitted the legislation to add ‘gender’ and ‘age’ to the paragraph. ‘Marital status’ and ‘ability’ were added into the proposed amendment during legislative committees.
Ms. Becky Williams, pictured in yellow, leads the sexual ethics training in North Mozambique Annual Conference.
CHICAGO - The newly elected board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of The United Methodist Church (GCSRW) met in Chicago, Illinois at First United Methodist Church (Chicago Temple) from October 6-8. GCSRW’s board of directors consists of 19 members, including board representation from Mozambique, Norway and the Philippines. The new bishop from Liberia will join the board in December.