Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
What is Episcopal Church Women?
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is a group of women from all around the nation, focused on empowering women to do Christ's work in the world. In 1902, the Episcopal churches in Hawaii joined a national group known as the Episcopal Women's Auxiliary. In 1985, Episcopal Women's Auxiliary's name changed to Episcopal Church Women. For more information about the history, please visit the "Our History" page of Episcopal Church Women's national website.
We are Episcopal Church Women
committed to one another
and called to be witnesses for Christ.
Our challenge is to provide a safe place
where every woman is free to become
the person Christ created her to be.
We are called. We are different.
We are one body.
~Adopted by the National ECW Board (Spring 1995)
What Does the ECW Do?
In the Diocese of Hawai`i, the ECW is involved with a variety of ministries, including the on-going collection of Campbell Soup labels that are sent to St. Jude's Ranch in Boulder City, NV. St. Jude's Ranch then exchanges these labels for playground equipment and other items that are used for the children at the ranch. Each year grants are awarded to programs in the Diocese through ECW Specials (see below). The Bishop's Pastoral Fund is a permanent recipient of the ECW Specials.
Throughout the Diocese, women in different parishes have formed ECW groups, providing service in their communities and linking up with organizations such as Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, and government agencies to help the homeless and needy.
Episcopal Church Women is also the parent group for the major entities of:
For More Information
For more information about Episcopal Church Women, please visit: www.ecwnational.org.
For more information on how you can join the Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Hawaii, please e-mail the Office of the Bishop, who will forward your e-mail to the Board President, Louise Aloy.
Louise Aloy - President
(Open) - 1st VP, Program/Hospitality
Beryl Spalding - VP (Big Island)
Fran Thomas - Recording Secretary
Laurie Lee - Treasurer
(Open) - Christian Social Relations Chair
(Open) - United Thank Offering Coordinator for Hawai'i
Sandy Leialoha - Church Periodical Club Coordinator
Fran Thomas - Church Women United
Diocesan Altar Guild is now a shared ministry
As an Episcopal presence, Episcopal Church Women has served on the committee of Church Women United, whose mission is to be a racially, culturally and theologically inclusive Christian women's movement celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Church Women United strives to provide for its members resources and information on a wide range of social justice issues, opportunities for worship and action, and an expansive network of women and women's organizations working to ensure a better world for all.
ECW In the Diocese:
Learn about other ECW groups and activities within the Diocese HERE.
UPCOMING EVENTS & IMPORTANT DATES:
Listed below are the current events and activities for the Diocesan ECW as well as important dates and deadlines. To see what individual ECW church groups in the Diocese are up to, click HERE.
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