WNCC COSROW offers a prayer and resources for the struggle
Prayer and Resources for the StruggleIn light of the long, painful and ongoing struggle for women to have the same rights and privileges as men – not only in society as a whole but even within the church – your WNCC COSROW (Commission on the Status and Role of Women) would like to offer the following prayer:
We give you thanks, O God, that at Pentecost your Spirit was poured out on all people – on women no less than men. Anoint your church again, we pray, so that every barrier to faithful and fruitful ministry will be removed for laywomen and female clergy. May everyone in our conference – men no less than women – honor the contributions, celebrate the gifts, heal the brokenhearted, hold wrongdoers accountable and work to overcome structural injustices that our women continue to face. AMEN.
Until the day when the affirming and liberating Spirit of Pentecost is fully realized in our churches, the WNCC COSROW wants to share these helpful links with you.
In October of last year, our Bishop, Paul L. Leeland, sent a strongly worded letter to all clergy, about how sexual harassment is contrary to the Good news of the Gospel and undermines the work of the church.
Bishop Leeland’s Letter to the Clergy
We celebrate that the Board of Ordained Ministry has made sexual ethics the heart of its quadrennial ethics training. This training is mandatory for all clergy under appointment or eligible for appointment.
2018 Clergy Ethics Training
For a listing of denominational resources regarding sexual ethics, including information about how to file a complaint, visit umsexualethics.org.
United Methodist Sexual Ethics Website
For broader information about the celebrations and challenges women face within our denomination, visit www.gcsrw.org.
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women Website
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.