Commission on the Status and Role of Women

The Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) ministry is three-tiered:

  • Monitor:  Monitors the full and equal participation of women within the Minnesota Conference.
  • Advocate: Advocates for women, individually and collectively, and celebrates women and their accomplishments within the United Methodist Church.
  • Catalyst: Provides education and collaborates with other groups concerning justice issues for women in order for the church to be inclusive of all people and reflective of the fullness of God.

Minnesota COSROW does most of its work through e-mails, phone calls, and conference calls. Members meet face-to-face only twice each year: 1) Early morning of the first day of each Minnesota Annual Conference session, at the Green Mill restaurant attached to the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud; and 2) Fall meeting (Oct. or Nov.) at Peace UMC in Shoreview.

During the past two years, COSROW has led two seminars the day before annual conference. "Human Trafficking" featured survivors of sex trafficking and a prosecutor telling their stories of what is happening in Minnesota. COSROW collaborated with United Methodist Women, the Commission on Religion and Race, and the Board of Church & Society on the seminar. The other one, "Words That Hurt, Words That Heal" featured live musical "Images of God" by Kay Hacklander and a speaker from the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) and the United Theological Seminary president, both of whom gave their perspectives on how our words matter.

"Domestic Violence" will be the topic for the 2016 pre-annual conference seminar. 

At the request of the Minnesota Conference lay leaders, COSROW members developed an advanced course for lay speakers on the topic of how exclusive words can hinder our message from the pulpit and how expanding language can enhance our messages. Two courses are offered in the spring and fall in both the southern and the northern part of Minnesota.

COSROW plans are underway to recognize the 60th anniversary of women's ordination in the United Methodist Church.  It was the 1956 General Conference, held in Minneapolis, where women were given the rights and privileges of being ordained. Women's stories will be highlighted and celebrated at the 2016 Minnesota Annual Conference session.

COSROW has a display with free information and materials that travels to various United Methodist Women and other Minnesota events in order to raise awareness about issues concerning women and those on the margins of society.

The COSROW chairs are:

Betty Lundeen

651-784-5147 /

Faye Christensen

218-828-8504 /

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058