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A basic informational handbook for clergy spouses in the Iowa Conference: Click here for the web version or contact your district COSROW rep for a printed copy. This handbook was published in June 2010.
To contact the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Iowa Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women: 515-974-8900
Or contact your District representative:
The General Commission publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Flyer. You may contact them at www.gcsrw.org for a subscription.
The Ambassador Award recognizes individuals (non-COSROW members) who are committed to the full inclusion of women, especially those who are on the margins of the church and society, through one or more of the following ways:
The Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) honored Rita Carter during the Iowa Annual Conference in June. She was the recipient of the 2017 Ambassador Award, which recognizes the efforts of a United Methodist person who exemplifies the goals and values of COSROW. A Difference Maker in many ways, Rita is a catalyst and monitor who empowers women and transforms the Church through her ministry.
Rita has been serving as Social Action Coordinator for United Methodist Women in Iowa. In addition, she advocates for legislation related to social justice issues through the Legislative Action Alerts for individuals and the Methodist Federation for Social Action.
One avenue for her witness is in organizing the Legislative Advocacy Day to provide training for people to contact legislators and visit with them at the State Capitol. The immigration ministries of Justice for Our Neighbors and legislation to end human trafficking are among the many topics of concern she addresses with government leaders.
Rita has always led with a positive attitude in challenging women and men to become involved in social justice issues as people of faith. “Let’s do what we can,” she says, “to shine some light.”
COSROW is receiving $1,500 this year to support their ministries as inclusive people of God reaching out to care for a hungering and hurting world. These funds are made possible with the apportionment gifts of the United Methodist churches of Iowa.
Nominations will be accepted until March 31 of the year under consideration. Any person or group may submit a nomination by sending a completed nomination form to your COSROW representative or to the Conference Center.
All members of Iowa COSROW serve on the selection committee. The Ambassador Award recipient will be recognized during Iowa Annual Conference.
The selection criteria:
For further information and nomination information please contact COSROW through your District Representative to COSROW.