by Jenn Meadows, Director of Communications
Delegates to the 2016 General Conference adopted the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women’s (GCSRW) petitions #60165 Functions of AC COSROW, #60166 Eradication of Sexual Harassment in The UMC and Society, and #60108 Every Barrier Down from the Consent Calendar Monday morning.
We at GCSRW are incredibly happy that the General Conference recognizes and affirms GCSRW’s work within the denomination and throughout the globe. We hope to continue our ministry together with our sisters and brothers across the connection to eradicate sexism and sexual misconduct within The United Methodist Church (UMC).
Petition #60165, Functions of AC COSROW, was adopted 33 for, 8 against, 1 abstaining in the Independent Commissions Committee. It was placed on the Consent Calendar of Monday, May 16th ‘s edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (DCA) and adopted on the floor. The adoption of this petition means a new resolution will be added to The Book of Resolutions that will describe the functions of an Annual Conference committee designed to extend the work of GCSRW’s mandate on the conference and local level. This new resolution offers a comprehensive plan to effectively live GCSRW’s mandate in ministry to all in The UMC challenging each of us to accept Jesus’ instruction to go out and make disciples in all nations.
Petition #60168, Every Barrier Down, was adopted 44 for, 1 against, 1 abstaining in the Independent Commissions Committee. The General Conference adopted this petition off of Monday’s DCA’s Consent Calendar. The adoption of this petition updates Resolution #3442 in The Book of Resolutions with the most updated and current information GCSRW has regarding the state of clergywomen leadership in The United Methodist Church. We also will continue our work making sure that every barrier is down to make way for more women’s leadership throughout the denomination.
“We are grateful for the acknowledgement by the General Conference of ongoing discrimination against women in our Church and in the world,” Senior Director of Education and Leadership Rev. Leigh Goodrich said. “At GCSRW we are dedicated to the continuing work of ‘full and equal responsibility and participation of women in the total life and mission of the Church.’ We ask for the prayers of the entire Church to accomplish this mandate.”
Petition #60166, Eradication of Sexual Harassment in The UMC and Society, was adopted 43 for, 3 against, 0 abstaining in the Independent Commissions Committee, It was adopted by the General Conference off of Monday DCA’s Consent Calendar. The adoption of this petition renews GCSRW’s commitment and work to eradicate sexual harassment in both the Church and society. We will continue to be accountable to The United Methodist Church reporting our findings to the Church.
“GCSRW applauds the delegation of General Conference in the re-adoption Resolution #2045 ‘Eradication of Sexual Harassment in the Church and Society’,” Senior Director of Sexual Ethics and Advocacy Becky Posey Williams stated. “This resolution is very important in naming the problem of sexual harassment and identifying the eradication of it as a value and priority of The United Methodist Church. GCSRW is committed to interagency work in the development of resources which promote communities of faith living in relationships which promote integrity, respect, and deep honoring of one another.”