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Ministries

COSROW

The Holston Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) is committed to full participation and inclusion of women in the total life of the United Methodist Church.

Contact Information:

Sharon Bowers, Holston Conference COSROW Chair

423-329-7012

The Holston Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) is committed to full participation and inclusion of women in the total life of the United Methodist Church.   We believe that every person –clergy and lay, women and men, children and adults are full and equal parts of the family of God.  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.

The General Commission on Status and Role of Women (GCOSRW; COSROW) challenges The United Methodist Church to commit to the full participation of women in the life and mission of the church. The commission serves as an advocate for, and on the behalf of, women; seeks to eliminate inequities in relation to women in the church; and monitors the general agencies, institutions, and connectional structures to ensure the inclusion of women

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is one of 13 churchwide agencies of The United Methodist Church, which is financed through the World Service Fund (apportioned giving from local congregations). It is one of two independent commissions (the other is the General Commission on Religion and Race) charged with advocating, monitoring and challenging the church to seek justice and inclusiveness

Since 1972, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women has been charged with monitoring, research, education and advocacy to eradicate sexism in The United Methodist Church. Such an enormous job requires the work not just of the commission staff and governing board, but also the help of volunteers in every annual conference.  COSROW needs you to be the difference.

All United Methodist Annual Conferences are required by the Book of Discipline to have a Commission on the Status and Role of Women (AC COSROW). You can find a description of the annual conference COSROW's purpose and responsibilities in The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church in Resolution #8021- Functions of an Annual Conference COSROW. Annual conferences are also required to fund the group's work.

The Book of Discipline tasks each AC COSROW with the work of raising awareness about the status of women and working with leaders of our churches, districts and conferences to move towards the full and equal participation of women in the total life of the church (2012 BOD ¶2103). To achieve this goal, AC COSROWs are encouraged to undertake the following four areas of ministry:

  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Monitoring
  • Cooperation

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.

 

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