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Celebrating 40 Years

General Commission on the Status & Role of Women

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."


What we do

Through training, education, research and monitoring, GCSRW:

§  Addresses gender discrimination and sexism within church structure

§  Nurtures clergy and lay leaders in the church

§  Raises awareness of women’s issues and opportunities

§  Educates church leaders and seminarians on sexual ethics and policies

§  Supports victims/survivors of sexual harassment or abuse

§  Develops guidelines for inclusive and expansive language

§  Trains and supports Central Conferences women

§  Monitors annual conferences and the General Conference for inclusiveness