• Raising awareness, preventing sexual abuse, promoting healthy boundaries, bringing about justice and healing

    UM Sexual Ethics

    A Ministry of the GENERAL COMMISSION ON THE STATUS AND ROLE OF WOMEN of The United Methodist Church (UMC)

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We’re glad you found our website.  We’ve discovered that one of the most difficult things in the area of Sexual Ethics and the Church is knowing what the very first steps should be. And then what the subsequent actions should be. We’ve organized our website accordingly. The United Methodist Church is committed to preventing misconduct and addressing it when it occurs. We strive to achieve a response that encourages and ensures accountability and healing to all parties. To eradicate sexual harassment and misconduct in The United Methodist Church, every member must get involved.


How the Church Defines Sexual Misconduct

As stated in the UMC Book of Resolutions, “Sexual Misconduct within ministerial relationships is a betrayal of sacred trust. It is a continuum of sexual or gender-directed behaviors by either a lay or clergy person within a ministerial relationship (paid or unpaid). It can include child abuse, adult sexual abuse, harassment, rape or sexual assault, sexualized verbal comments or visuals, unwelcome touching and advances, use of sexualized materials including pornography, stalking, sexual abuse of youth or those without capacity to consent, or misuse of the pastoral or ministerial position using sexualized conduct to take advantage of the vulnerability of another. It includes criminal behaviors in some nations, states, and communities and is a chargeable offense in The United Methodist Church." (2012 Book of Resolutions, #2044)

Sexual Misconduct by clergy is a serious violation of trust, and in some states, the law. www.adultsabusedbyclergy.org/statelaws.html

"I'm not sure what to call what just happened to me."

Naming the problem. Finding the words you need. Knowing what to do next.

UM Sexual Ethics is here as a resource to help you put language to uncomfortable and inappropriate interactions and behaviors. Our purpose is to help you identify sexual misconduct and to know what steps should be taken depending on your given situation.

Although our website offers a lot of guidance and information, sometimes being able to talk to someone in person is really helpful. We also provide a Toll-free | Confidential #. 800-523-8390


Here’s a Great Overview to Get You Started   Download UM Sexual Ethics Flier Above

 “Why It’s Not an Affair” – Read Article

Who Do We Serve & What is our Role?

We serve Laity, Clergy, Church Leaders, and Anybody who is interested. Our role is to provide resources for how to respond to and prevent sexual misconduct in The United Methodist Church.


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John Wesley

Do No Harm | 2015 Conference

October 15-17 | Chicago, IL

Best Practices for Health, Accountability and Wholeness: A Sexual Ethics Summit

“Do No Harm 2015” is a sexual ethics summit addressing the most recent developments and challenges in prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature, particularly by persons in ministerial roles (both lay and clergy) within The United Methodist Church. Please visit the "Do No Harm" informational website to learn more about the conference Purpose, Intended Audience, Invitations, Registration, History, and more.


Detailed Conference Info + Registration

A Ministry of The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church