ECW Episcopal Church Women

 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.

Members of the Missouri Delegation at the 2019 Province V ECW Conference
L-R Carolyn Daniels, Mary Anselmo, Jeanne King, Rev. Susie Skinner, Deborah Caby, Ginger Simmons, Peg Cooper and, seated, Karen Birr.

Upcoming ECW Events:

Retreat & Annual Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Strong Women: Ancient and Modern 

Join the Diocesan ECW Board virtually via Zoom for our Retreat and Annual Meeting, featuring guest speaker, the Rev. Beth Scriven.

Strong women: Ancient & Modern will invite participants into the stories of women you've probably heard of, like Mary Magdalene and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as some you might not know as well, such as Thecla and Pauli Murray. We'll explore how their stories weave together with our own, and what it means for us to claime the mantle of strong women following Jesus in our own time. There will be time to hear from our keynote speaker, share in smaller groups, reflect individually away from our screens, and pray as a group. 


The Rev. Beth Scriven is chaplain at Rockwell House, the Episcopal Campus Ministry for Washington University and St. Louis University. All her life, she has been shaped by strong women's leadership and mentoring, from Girl Scouting to Smith College to Young Clergy Women International and beyond. In 2018, she served as a member of the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, and she currently chairs the committee to provide General Convention with model anti-harassment policies, practices and training. Beth loves to relax and refresh by cooking and laughing with friends and family, reading N.K. Jemisin and Madeleine L'Engle, or watching old episodes of The West Wing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 



or contact Deborah Caby at 314-606-7566 or

After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with the meeting link. 


More Info

Contact: Deborah Caby, diocesan ECW board chair
(636) 422 1210 (home), (314) 606 7577 (cell & text),