National Episcopal Church Women Survey - Help Shape the Future of the ECW

Dear Fellow Members of The Episcopal Church,

Empower your voice!

We need your help to make a difference.

At Triennial Meeting 2012, delegates adopted Resolution 101/104, which called for the research and review of the present function and structure of the Episcopal Church Women National Board and the mission and purpose of our ECW as a whole. To this end, the National ECW board has appointed an ad hoc committee comprised of one female representative from each of the Episcopal Church's nine Provinces. The national board will evaluate recommendations submitted by the ad hoc committee to address the resolution and determine what is to be presented at Triennial Meeting 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 We are attempting to determine how the organized ministry of women, known as ECW will have a continuing role and impact on the life of The Episcopal Church. Our Ad Hoc Committee realized that we couldn't complete this task without your important contributions.  While we are a committee with diverse opinions, there are many more opinions we value - including yours. If you know any women who have participated or currently participate in the ECW, it is important for us to understand their views and ideas, as well.

 To gather opinions, we designed a survey that will take about five minutes of your time. In an effort to reach women in each parish, we have sent this letter and information to Provincial and Diocesan leaders asking them to send this letter to as many women as possible in their Province, Diocese, congregations, and other Episcopalian friends.

 It is very important that this survey is given not only to women who are currently associated with ECW, but to every woman/man who care about the Episcopal Church.  We would like to hear from as diverse a group as possible.  We would love to hear from the members of your choir, Rectors, Vicars, Priests, Altar Guild, Lay Readers, Sunday school teachers, local ECW chapter members, congregational administrators, and those who are not currently involved beyond worshiping at the local Church level.

 We have made the survey accessible and simple to complete:

  • Please submit your completed survey by June 30, 2014.

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Your voice and input is paramount to our efforts and the women we serve.  Thank you for your time, thoughts, and assistance.  We will report the results of this survey as part of our completed work, at the 2015 Triennial Meeting. We thank you for your time and are grateful for your input.

With Spirit, NECW board Ad Hoc Committee