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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a United Methodist, center left, joins U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center right, and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, center, at a March 10 special event,

Seeing ‘sacred worth’ in women and girls

From a faith perspective, progress since the Beijing Declaration also means looking beyond gender to the crucial role of women in society. Read More

Women immigrants who traveled alone were often at risk when they arrived at Ellis Island in the late 19th century. Public domain image.

Notable Women in History

Meet women who made noteworthy contributions in the Methodist tradition. Read More

Participants raise their hands in praise during worship at the United Methodist Women's Assembly, 2014. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Ideas to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Find articles for discussion, hymns by and about women, and more about ways we define and experience God differently. Read More

Marjorie Swank Matthews, first woman bishop of The United Methodist Church, 1980. Photo courtesy Archives and History.

Women of Distinction

From the first woman approved to preach the gospel at annual conference to the first female bishop, these women paved the way for today's leaders. Read More

Book of Resolutions: Every Barrier Down: Toward Full Embrace of All Women in Church and Society

According to this statement from the Book of Resolutions, the church affirms "the full equality of women, and has historically decried institutional sexism in all forms." Read More

Why does The United Methodist Church ordain women?

Clergywomen have been part of Methodism since John Wesley licensed Sarah Crosby to preach in 1761. Read More

Commentary: Women in the Ministry

The Rev. Diana DeWitt considers the question of whether women should serve as clergy through the Wesleyan quadrilateral, using Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. Read More

Commentary: Why Do United Methodists Ordain Women When the Bible Specifically Prohibits It?

According to Tom McAnally, "One reference from Paul may appear to rule out the ordination of women, but United Methodists also take into account other scriptural references as well as our tradition, experience and reason." Read More

Commentary: Women in Ministry

The Rev. Joy J. Moore considers three biblical texts commonly used to argue that women should not be preachers. Read More

Commentary: United Methodism and the Ordination of Women

On the question of the ordination of women, The Rev. Dr. Frank Gulley says that Methodists begin by underscoring the point that all baptized Christians are ministers of the gospel. Read More

Commentary: The Ordination of Women

In considering this question, The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper reminds us that contemporary theology of ordination cannot be read back into the biblical text, but the ministry of women in the early church is instructive. Read More

With help from U.S. partners, women from Latin American participated in a Methodist Women Leadership Conference in Perú. Photo courtesy General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Supporting clergywomen in Latin America

With help from U.S. partners, women from Latin America participated in a Methodist Women Leadership Conference in Perú. “As good Methodists, we made connections!” Read More

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