Honored Women of the Diocese
The Board of the ECW Chicago asked each parish for one nomination to celebrate the women of the diocese. 14 nominations were receive and a panel was formed to choose the Distinguished Woman of the Diocese of Chicago. She will be honored during a luncheon held at the Triennial Convention in Austin, Texas, in July 2018.
All of our Honored Women are invited to a special celebration during our annual meeting in April.
Repair & Replace
Restored Cushion at Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral has a large collection of needlepoint cushions and kneelers - number over 1500 pieces. This enormous project began 60 years ago and continues through today.
Cushions were designed and fabricated for the Great Choir, and as all areas of the cathedral, the needlepoint has a theme. A cushion for each domestic and foreign diocese was created and now, 60 years later, these cushions need to be restored. Funds from our endowment were used to pay for the restoration of the Chicago Diocese cushion.
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Chicago provide up to three grants each year. These grants provide support to initiatives that represent a wide variety of programs and outreach from across the diocese.
Phoebe Griswold Grant One $1000 grant each year
The Phoebe Griswold Grant is available to any member - female or male - in the Diocese of Chicago who is developing an innovative program which provides services to women and/or families.
Wanda Norris of St. Thomas, Chicago was awarded the Phoebe Griswold Grant during the Diocesan Convention. Wanda is following the Biblical imperative that our bodies are a temple and her Spiritual Fitness program for girls ages 6 – 16 will meet throughout the year in sessions that will help improve the girls physically through yoga, spiritually through scripture association and psychologically through mentoring and coaching.
ECW Recognition Grant Up to two, $500 grants each year
The Recognition Grant is awarded to a parish women's organization which has provided excellent outreach inside or outside of their community. Applicant organizations must be from parishes that support the ECW through the Voluntary Financial Contribution (Fair Share) program.
This year, we are pleased to honor the women of Grace Church in Pontiac. Led by Marie Pulliam (left), the women of Grace are forming a support group for families and friends who have lost a loved one to opioid addiction. Their goal is to not only reach out to the community of Pontiac, but to provide a template for other churches who would like to provide this much-needed program.
Feed Our Neighbors - End Hunger in Illinois
knitogether Supporting and connecting knitting ministries
Bring your knitting to Diocesan Convention. Submit articles and photos to The Mirror newsletter sharing the news about what the women in your church knit and for whom they knit.
weRead Women Episcopalians Read
Sharing books of interest for readers and book groups.
Annual Giving Recipients
Each year, the ECW provides grants to a number of organizations who support work with women and families. These grants are reviewed on an annual basis, and currently, we are seeking to make our grant giving even more focused on women oriented organizations. This is the list from the 2017 Year End Giving.
AFRECS - American Friends of the Episcopal Church in Sudan
AFEDJ -American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese in Jersalem
Archives of the Diocese of Chicago (women's Collection)
Bishop's Discretionary Fund
Episcopal Relief and Development - hurricane relief
Brent House, University of Chicago
Canterbury House, Northwestern University
Grace Place, Northern Illinois University
South Loop Campus Ministry, Chicago
Western Illinois University
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans - Tammy's Trace (women's housing)
TELA Women - outreach to women in San Salvador
Episcopal Church Women
St. James Commons
65 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611