Our History

Who We Are

We are Episcopal Church Women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds who hold a variety of views. However, the common denominator of our members is love of God and the wish to do His work.

Mission, Vision & Role

Mission - Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empowers women to do Christ's ministry in the world.

Vision - Our vision for all women of the Episcopal Church is that we become a vibrant blend of all ages, coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the Church. We aspire to be a Godspark - shining and sharing the love of Christ.

Role - The Role of the National Board of ECW is to:

  1. Model and share best practice in communication, programming, leadership, and governance

  2. Develop, support, and inspire leaders at all levels: local; diocesan; provincial; national

  3. Represent and build support for ECW in the wider church and the world

(Adopted by the 2006-2009 ECW National Board during the March 11-17, 2007 meeting)

Our History

1871 -- General Convention authorized the Board of Missions to organize the Women's Auxiliary to the Board of Missions.

1874 -- First Triennial Meeting held in New York.

1919 -- Along with the Presiding Bishop and National Council, the First National Council Executive Board of Women's Auxiliary established.

1920 -- National Council adopted resolution recognizing in all of its departments the Executive Board of Women's Auxiliary.

1958 -- By action of the National Council, the Executive Board of the Women's Auxiliary became the General Division of Women's Work.

1964 -- National Council became Executive Council. General Division of Women's Work has liaison member with voice and vote in every department.

1967 -- General Division of Women's Work and Executive Council vote to suspend bylaws in order to "enter into such new structure with other departments and units as seems appropriate to discharging responsibilities and functions..."

1970 -- Resolutions from 1969 Committee for Women meeting approved for trial use.

1973 -- Triennial Meeting voted overwhelmingly to continue.

1976 -- Triennial Meeting adopted Structure Document, formed Triennial Program and Planning Committee.

1985 -- Triennial Meeting adopted bylaws, forming Episcopal Church Women, Episcopal Church, U.S.A.

1988 -- Regular publication of the ECW Communique commenced.

1994 -- Episcopal Church Women/United Thank Offering Joint Committee Formed.

2000 -- Triennial Today is centerfold in Convention Daily.

2001 -- Website re-launched and expanded.

2007 -- Website redesigned and expanded (www.nationalecw.org)

2009 -- Website redesigned and expanded (www.ecwnational.org)