Ruthie McLain serving as delegate to United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry appointed Ruthie McLain of Calvary as one of nine delegates from the Episcopal Church to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The 67th session is currently underway in New York City, March 6-17. The delegates include school-age and university-level educators, a former president of the Girls’ Friendly Society, a former UN staffer who runs her own nongovernmental organization, clergy with social work and pastoral experience, and Ruthie, an attorney and enrolled Cherokee nation member. Each delegate has participated in preparatory conference calls and is expected to complete evaluations, reports, and follow-up actions in their diocese and province.


This year’s conference theme—”innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”—is timely, considering how the world has evolved since the pandemic began, noted Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations.


All are invited to follow The Episcopal Church delegation’s presence and work via the Episcopal UNCSW website and on social media, utilizing the hashtags #CSW67, #EpiscopalUN, and #EpiscopalCSW. You may join online for these events:

      • Fri., March 17, 12:10-1 p.m. ET (hybrid): UNCSW67 Closing Eucharist
      • Thurs., March 23, 4-5:30 p.m. ET (virtual): “Taking It Back Home: Report Back from the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation,” Q&A session


Ruthie will also give a live update from the session in conversation with Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee Bishop Phoebe Roaf on “Faithfully Memphis” at 8:00 a.m. CT on WYXR, FM 91.7.