The Commission advocates for the full participation and inclusion of all women in the church, challenges the church to confront institutional sexism, and helps church leaders address issues of sexual ethics.
We are a church agency with approximately seven staff members, a nineteen-member board of directors, and a constituency spanning the entire denomination of The United Methodist Church (12 million members world-wide).
As one of the general agencies of The United Methodist Church, GCSRW provides a unique view on challenges facing women in church leadership as well as a rare opportunity to learn about the denominational structure, connectional relationships of the UMC and ecumenical partnerships. Learning opportunities include: gender justice and issues facing women in leadership; preventive education and response to incidents of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse in the church; research on structural injustices, systemic change, and policy development.
Whether male or female, a student placed with GCSRW would be expected to show a commitment to gender justice and advocacy for women in leadership in the church. A student should also conduct her/himself professionally and contribute to a positive public image for this agency.
Darryl Stephens is the Assistant General Secretary for Advocacy and Sexual Ethics. His leadership style is collaborative, striving to empower others to do their best work. He expects those with whom he works to be self-motivated and independent, to report their progress and discuss challenges on a regular basis, and to ask for assistance when needed. Darryl is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, called to the ministry of teaching. When mentoring, his aim is to help that person discover his/her own gifts and talents as well as growing edges and areas in need of improvement. Since the purpose of an internship is to facilitate and promote integration of theory and praxis, he tries to promote opportunities for theological reflection and discussion of challenging issues.
If taking public transportation: Take the 171 bus (stop ID 15816) to Hyde Park Blvd. and transfer to the X28 bus (stop ID 1521). Exit the bus at Adams and Clark (stop ID 17046). Walk north on Clark St. to Washington; turn right (east) and walk to 77 W. Washington (across the street from the Daley Civic Center plaza).