The North Alabama Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) 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.
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 governing board, but also the help of volunteers in every annual conference.
The UMC Book of Discipline requires each of the church's annual conferences (and central conferences) to have a Committee on the Status and Role of Women, commonly known as COSROW, "or other structure to provide for these functions." The conferences also are required to fund the group's work. You can read more about the mandate, and Judicial Council decisions affirming it, here.
Conference COSROWs help monitor Annual Conferences to make sure women are participating in all areas of the church. Effective data-gathering and monitoring will suggest the direction for advocacy efforts. You can find a description of the annual conference COSROW's purpose and responsibilities and references to other United Methodist Discipline and Resolutions policies here.