Our Mission and Purpose
As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
Synodical women’s organizations (SWOs) like ours establish a partnership with units in their geographic areas and with the churchwide women’s organization. SWOs exist to support women in congregations. Each SWO has a board whose members are elected at an annual or biennial convention by delegates from units. Each SWO establishes clusters or conferences of units within its geographic area.
Through various program areas, Women of the ELCA’s community of women provide services in their churches, communities, and even the world. We engage in ministry; we take action through advocacy; we promote healing and wholeness; and we support one another in our callings. We offer anti-racism training; address domestic violence, commercial sexual exploitation, and human trafficking; and support families with special needs. We assist participants in their desire to discern God’s call in their lives and to discover their spiritual gifts through workshops, retreats, resources, scholarships, and global education. We offer grants to not-for-profit organizations, both domestic and international, that support healing and wholeness for women of all ages through the affirmation and advancement of women’s emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
Solar Power for Phebe $100 Christmas Challenge
Phebe Hospital in Liberia is powered solely by expensive and polluting diesel generators. Generating needed power at Phebe Hospital is a life-or-death scenario. Indeed, almost half a million rural Liberians rely on Phebe for emergency and regular medical care. There is a God-given solution to Phebe’s problems: SOLAR. This project has been endorsed by Churchwide ELCA and Women of the ELCA, to assist Phebe Hospital in this remarkable effort to deliver solar power.
Congregations in the ELCA (there are over 9,300) are being challenged to give $100 each to match National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge, and provide hope for Phebe’s future through the sun God created and the minds He has given the knowledge to harness its power.
Together, as the ELCA Body of Christ, we can do Great Things! Together, we can harness a Higher Power and truly Make a Difference! Accept the challenge today! It’s super easy to contribute online now at https://my.rreal.org/Phebe100!