About Episcopal Church Women
The Episcopal Church Women is one of our oldest church organizations and is open to all women; all women of the Episcopal Church throughout the United States are considered members of ECW.
ECW's vision statement is "To offer every woman in the Diocese of Missouri an environment of support and encouragement, education and opportunity for ministry by providing: Fellowship; Communication; Resource Materials; and Outreach to the Diocese, Nation, and World."
Diocese of Missouri ECW Board’s role is to represent all the women in our diocese; share in communication and leadership, and build support for ECW within our diocese and in the wider church.
Our mission is to offer every woman in the Diocese of Missouri an environment of support and encouragement, education and opportunity for ministry by providing: fellowship, communication, resource materials, and outreach to the diocese, nation and world.
In addtion to work we do in our parishes, we work together on common projects throughout the year and gather annually for a diocese-wide meeting. Every three years we meet as national organization, concurrently with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
The ECW in the Diocese of Missouri offers a scholarship for women in financial need who are members of an Episcopal congregation in the Diocese and who will be in their second year of post-high school education studying toward a degree or certificate in a field of service to others. The deadline is June 1 prior to the next academic year.
History. Episcopal Church Women were first established in 1872, then called “The Woman’s Auxiliary”. Mary Emery was hired by the Board of Missions to be in contact with all parishes and encourage women to create their own Auxiliary Missionary Society “to aid with sympathy and prayers, time labor and money to the extent of her power.” An appeal was made for a $40-a-year pledge from individual parishes. In 1958, at the 29th Triennial Meeting in Miami Beach, the name changed to the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Today we are Episcopal church women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds, who hold a variety of views. However, the most common view of our members is the love of God and the wish and desire to do His work.