The Diocese of Ohio is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion represented in the United States by The Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Church of Ohio ministers in our Church and in our communities in many inspiring ways.
Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empowers women to do Christ's ministry in the world.
Our vision for all women of the Episcopal Church is to 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.
The ECW in the Diocese of Ohio is the fellowship of all the women of the church and is organized to enable the women to serve our Lord through worship, stewardship and fellowship. The ECW is organized to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world and take their place as leaders in the life, governance and worship of the church.
The ECW Diocese of Ohio invites you to the 144th Annual Meeting & Retreat on May 6 & 7, 2022. We will enjoy an overnight stay at Bellwether Farm. Reception begins at 4 p.m. EDT on Friday.
We’re delighted to welcome back our first in-person retreat in two years at Bellwether Farm. The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice, Canon for Evangelism & Discipleship Development, Diocese of Missouri, will lead us through four sessions that reconnects us to the Soul—Care of Self, Relationship—Care of One Another, Gathering—Care of Community, Cosmos—Care of Creation.
The first session will take place on Friday evening after dinner with the remaining sessions being held on Saturday. While it is highly encouraged that you attend all four sessions, it is possible to attend just the sessions on Saturday.
Reception re-opens on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. A brief business meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. and the day concludes with a worship service.
Overnight stays include Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch. Saturday attendees will receive lunch.
Come join us for fellowship, introspection, and delicious meals provided in the beautiful surroundings of Bellwether Farm.
ALL ARE WELCOME! For more information and to register, go to Register on Eventbrite.
The Carlotta East Scholarship Fund was established to assist Episcopal women who need aid to complete their education, upgrade skills before returning to the workforce, or complete religious training.
The fund, established in 1945 with a bequest of $7,874.88, is invested with the Trustees of the Diocese of Ohio. In June 1988, the invested amount was increased by $5,000 when the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Board voted to transfer this amount from the Carlotta East liquid assets to the principal of the Carlotta East Scholarship Fund. The income from this investment is used to grant scholarship aid to Episcopal women. The usual grant for scholarship aid is approximately $1,000 per applicant. Exceptions in amounts granted may be made by the Carlotta East Scholarship Committee.
If additional donations are received for Carlotta East Scholarships, that amount is added to the amount available for distribution to candidates.
The Carlotta East Scholarship Committee reviews the grant applications and submits recommendations to the Diocese of Ohio ECW Board Meeting, which is held prior to the Diocese of Ohio ECW Annual Meeting, held in April or May. The Diocese of Ohio ECW Board reviews the grant applications and usually approves the recommendations from the Carlotta East Scholarship Committee.
The deadline for applications is March 31 each year.
Eliza Jennings Backus, who was the president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Diocese of Ohio from 1919 to 1929, realized that the Board's Expense Fund was insufficient for its work. Nominees for office were limited to those who were able to afford the necessary expenses. She inaugurated the idea of the Eliza Jennings Backus Endowment by means of a Book of Remembrance.
Mrs. Backus presented the first volume of The Book of Remembrance, a beautifully hand-tooled purple leather book. The Schmid Family of Canton generously presented the second volume in 1949. It is also hand-tooled and is bound in red leather. A third volume was started in 1973, and a fourth volume is now in use. All of the books will be on display at Annual Meetings.
If you wish to memorialize or to honor someone who has been in any way connected with women's work in the Church, either by giving or in service, you may have her name inscribed in The Book of Remembrance.
For each name inscribed, a minimum donation of $5.00 to the Eliza Backus Endowment Fund is required. Interest paid on the investment is sent to the Diocesan Board for travel expenses.
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