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.
  • Educate/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) The morning of the first day of each Minnesota Annual Conference session, at the Kelly Inn 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 several years, COSROW has led seminars the day before annual conference and has collaborated with conference groups such as United Methodist Women, Church and Society, Commission on Religion and Race, and The Council on Native American Ministries. COSROW has coordinated these seminars with the Minnesota Annual Conference.

  • 2014: "Human Trafficking" featured survivors of sex trafficking and a prosecutor telling their stories of what is happening in Minnesota.
  • 2015: "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.
  • 2016: "Domestic Violence" featured presenters from women's shelters in St.Cloud and Duluth. A survivor of domestic violence told her story. 
  • 2017: "Who is my Neighbor?" explored the topic of how minorities are treated in our neighborhoods.

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.

In 2016, COSROW developed a booklet that told the stories of many Minnesota clergywomen in order 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 were highlighted and celebrated at the 2016 Minnesota Annual Conference session.

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

Find agendas, minutes, and elected team members for COSROW.


The COSROW co-chairs are:

Faye Christensen

218-828-8504 / fayechris@brainerd.net

Rev. Debra Collum

507-923-1097 / revdeb54@gmail.com


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