Our Vision

A community of women supporting each other in Christ-centered ministries throughout the Diocese of Chicago.

Our Mission

We seek to support all women in our parishes without restriction by creating a greater connection between us through our faith and sisterhood with programs of education and service. We ask the Lord for guidance in translating our Christian belief into action.

2018 Calendar



October 26-28

Women's Gathering &


DeKoven Retreat Center

Racine, WI


November 16-17

Diocesan Annual Convention

Westin Yorktown

Lombard, IL


Fall Retreat
and Gathering


Walking TogetherBecoming God's Beloved Community


October 26-28,




Retreat Center

Racine, WI


Women from across the province are invited to attend our third annual retreat.  This year's event will include silent and active time as well as meditation spaces, worship services, music and fellowship.



Gathering Details




Printable Registration Form


Online Registration


Retreat Leadership



The Rev. Kate Spelman


Rector, All Saints, Western Springs


The Rev. Jane Schaefer


Diocese of Chicago


The Rev. Deacon Trilby Murray


St. Thomas, Chicago


Altar Guild Conference 



Thin Spaces

Where the Sacred and the Ordinary Meet 


June 2, 2018


Church of the Holy Comforter 



This year's conference featured Barbara Kreski, director of horticultural therapy at the Chicago botanic Gardens.

See photos of our event on our gallery page. 

































Annual Meeting


Honored Women of the Diocese


The Honored Women of the diocese were celebrated at the Annual Meeting held at St. James, West Dundee on April 28.  




Honored Woman booklet


Communications Presentation







Voluntary Financial Contribution


Support the ECW with a VFC (formerly "Fair Share").  Your contributions help provide communications, general administration and events which allow us to connect to our members across the diocese and Province V.


2018 Form







United Thank Offering


Grateful hearts are thankful hearts.


It's time to place your UTO ingathering on your parish calendar for this fall!  Support this national church initiative to support programs throughout the Episcopal Church. 


For questions about the UTO in the Diocese of Chicago, please contact


Helen Mensing

Diocesan Coordinator 








The 125th Anniversary Book of Prayers has been added to our website.


Book of Prayers


Knitogether at Convention


The ECW will have a room for knitting and relaxing throughout the Convention.  We will have special presentations as well.  Bring your knitting and enjoy the company of other knitters.  


Stop by our table in the exhibit hall and check our schedule of events.





The Mirror


The Mirror is published 6 times each year beginning in January in print or electronic versions.


To subscribe:


or write to the editor:


Mirror Editor


St. James Commons

65 East Huron St.

Chicago 60611


Submission of articles, event announcements or photographs are always welcome!


Current Issue




News You Can Use!


Updated booklets to support women's ministries:


 Join, Participate, Lead   Enhancing your women's organization


Mission and Ministry

Outreach of the diocesan ECW


2018 Grants

ECW Recognition Grants


Phoebe Griswold Grant

Episcopal Church Women

Diocese of Chicago

St. James Commons

65 East Huron Street

Chicago  IL  60611

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