My name is Donna Ward and I have taken on the leadership role of chairing COSROW for the Indiana Conference. I am an Elder, recently ordained at our 2014 Annual Conference, and serve in the Central District.

During the 2015 Indiana Annual Conference, COSROW will host a luncheon rather than the traditional breakfast. The day and time is yet to be announced. Speaking at the luncheon will be Rev. Kimberly Jean King, who serves at Indianapolis St. Luke’s UMC. She will be speaking on the topic of Women and the Righteous Use of Power in Leadership. Also, the Josephine Campbell Huffer Scholarship will be presented at the luncheon to a woman who is currently attending seminary and preparing for ordained ministry in the Indiana Conference.

If you would like to apply for the Huffer Scholarship, you may find details on the Indiana Conference website at

Other scholarships include the Marie Kerkles Phillips Scholarship, which is given to a female student attending Africa University and supports a year of study and transportation at AU. Both the Reverend Michael A. Anderson, Sr., Memorial Scholarship awarded to an African-American woman to assist in growth and development in ministry and the Karolyn Berkey Scholarship awarded to women in seminary perusing ministry education are in need of endowment. Churches who would like to contribute to any of these scholarships can include the scholarship on their tithe form under special giving. If individuals would like to contribute to the scholarships, please put the name of the scholarship in the memo line of your check and mail to INUMC, Dept. 6089, Carol Stream, IL 60122.

In addition, a tradition that comes from the former South Indiana Conference is The Lydia Award. It was established in 1998 and is given in honor of an individual, either male or female, who has provided emotional and spiritual support to women in ministry. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please share your story of your experience and send it as a MS Word attachment to

As you can find on the Indiana Conference website and paragraph 2202 of the Book of Discipline, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women was established in 1976 as a standing commission charged with four areas of responsibility: awareness, monitoring, advocacy and empowerment for the participation of women in the total life and mission of the Church. I believe this holds true for both clergy and laity women of our Conference. If you would like to serve on the Commission or would like to talk about the role of women in our Indiana Conference, please feel free to contact me.

Donna Ward serves as the chair of COSROW for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. She can be reached at