United Methodist Women Making History

In 1987, the U.S. Congress designated the month of March as Women's History Month. United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, both lay and clergy, in The United Methodist Church to share their stories.

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Mission and Ministry
The ordination of Bishop Francis Asbury performed by Bishop Thomas Coke in Baltimore, Md., at the Christmas Conference, the historic meeting establishing the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States in 1784. An engraving by A. Gilchrist Campbell from a painting by Thomas Coke Ruckle, 1882. Courtesy of the Drew University Methodist Collection (Madison, New Jersey) via Wikimedia Commons.

Ask The UMC: What influence did Francis Asbury have on the role of bishops?

Francis Asbury set the precedent for the work of Methodist bishops as organizers of ministry, as a source of unity, and in developing consensus.
Human Rights
Bishop Tracy Smith Malone of the East Ohio Conference offers a video welcome to the Do No More Harm website, saying the church “is committed to responding to clergy sexual misconduct in a way that holds all parties accountable and promotes healing.” Malone is president of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Screenshot of commission video by UM News.

Guidance for sexual harassment survivors

A new website from the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women is designed to help people navigate the process for addressing sexual misconduct in the church.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Kenneth Rowe, shown here in the United Methodist archives at Drew University in Madison, N.J., was an author, professor, librarian, archivist and bibliographer. Rowe died Oct. 8, at age 84. File photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Kenneth Rowe, Methodist historian, dies at 84

Rowe was an important writer on Methodist history, seeking to include marginalized groups, and gave crucial help to other scholars as a professor, librarian, archivist and bibliographer.