EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN (ECW) FAQ’S
- Are there dues to belong to ECW?
- ECW Chapters do not have dues. The Diocesan ECW is funded through fair share assessments to churches and donations.
- How do I express interest in joining the ECW board for the Diocese of Texas?
- You can email the President to inquire on open positions. Currently we are looking for a communicator for the San Jacinto/West Harris convocation.
- Where do I send UTO funds?
- Mail them to:
United Thank Offering
DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church
O. Box 958983
St. Louis, MO 63195-8983
- For more information visit: https://www.epicenter.org/diocese/communities/united-thank-offering-uto/
- Mail them to:
- What is the Bishop Kinsolving Fund?
- Founded in 1929, the Bishop Kinsolving Memorial Fund is an entity of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and primarily provides scholarships to seminarians sponsored by the Diocese. Funds are donated as a living memorial in the name of a loved one or friend. That person’s name is inscribed in the Book of Remembrance. Donations are invested by the Diocese and only the interest is used for scholarships. It is overseen by the ECW. Find more information here: https://www.epicenter.org/ecw-funds/
- What is a convocation?
- A larger geographical entity within the diocese is called a convocation. It is geographic and usually includes one metropolitan area with surrounding counties. Texas has ten convocations. More information can be found here: https://www.epicenter.org/diocese/about-the-diocese/convocations-deans/ and a map here: https://www.epicenter.org/diocese/about-the-diocese/map-of-the-diocese/
- What is a Province?
- The Seventh Province is one of nine regional areas in The Episcopal Church, organized in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church. It consists of the Dioceses of Arkansas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Kansas, Northwest Texas, Oklahoma, Rio Grande, Texas, West Missouri, West Texas, Western Kansas and Western Louisiana. Elected representatives from each diocese meet in regular session in the year preceding General Convention. At least one provincial gathering is to be held triennially to consider substantive mutual concerns of the member dioceses. Visit province7.orgfor more information.
- We don't have an ECW!
- But you do! Any woman over the age of 18 is part of Episcopal Church Women. Even if you are one or two in your church you are part of the ECW and we welcome you to join our Annual Retreat. Information can be found here: https://www.epicenter.org/ecw-annual-retreat/
- We are too small for an ECW!
- Never! Some small churches bring great fellowship and bonding with ECW chapters within their community. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” Matthew 18:20
- Are there scholarships available for education and how do I apply for my daughter or granddaughter?
- The Episcopal Diocese of Texas ECW has the Vera Gang Scholarship for women in good standing at their churches. The applicants need to submit their application by March 30th. This scholarship is good for certifications as well as degree programs. Find more information online: https://www.epicenter.org/ecw-vera-gang-scott-scholarship/
- What is an “Honored Woman”?
- Each year the board accepts nominations for the Honored Women Program. Women should be nominated for outstanding service to their parish or to honor a birthday or special occasion. Any parish can nominate women for this honor. The recommended contribution to the ECW Endowment fund is $100 per honoree. Each woman honored will receive a calligraphed certificate to be presented to her by the parish and will be announced at the ECW Annual Retreat in October. For more information: https://www.epicenter.org/ecw-funds/
- What is Fair Share?
- Fair Share is a nominal fee invoiced to each church annually in our Diocese. The formula for this fee is supported by our Bishops and is based the current year’s Diocesan Assessment. Whether your church has an active ECW or not, all churches are asked to pay the Fair Share to support women’s ministries in our Diocese. No church pays more than the cap of $2,000. Fair Share invoices typically are mailed at the end of March. The funds from Fair Share enable our Diocesan ECW to provide Outreach Grants to Women and Children’s Ministries; lower the costs of our Annual Retreat to allow more women to participate; assist churches with financial support in times of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey; increase the number of educational scholarships; holding convocational spiritual growth gatherings; and various other things that encourage women to continue to be the ‘hands and feet of Christ in this broken world’.