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Welcome to Church Women United in North Carolina!

A MESSAGE FROM OUR NORTH CAROLINA CHURCH WOMEN UNITED PRESIDENT

“Just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

North Carolina CWU is celebrating its 75 th anniversary this year. In 1943, the Executive Secretary of the North Carolina Council of Churches invited leaders amongst NC Christian women to attend the Council’s Annual Meeting in Greensboro. There, the Executive Secretary from New York’s Council of United Church Women inspired these women to form a similar group in NC. After countless hours of organizing and bringing women together for World Day of Prayer, World Community Day, and May Fellowship Day, the Department of United Church Women was established. Two early initiatives were weekday religious education in public schools and a migrant ministry.

Today, we observe the same Celebrations. Our actions now relate to priorities established by national CWU. Priorities for 2016-2020 are reminiscent of initiatives 75 years ago. Priority 1 is “CWU believe every child has the right to a quality education.” Priority 2 says, “CWU believes children, our most vulnerable citizens, are entitled to nutritious food choices and food security to ensure a healthy lifestyle, academic achievement, and economic productivity.” Who better to advocate for the needs of children than a diverse group of Christian women? A dedicated group of our members are exploring how each of us, united together, can impact childhood education and healthcare in NC.

Throughout our history, we have been committed to treating migrant farm workers with the dignity they deserve. We have a farmworker advocate position on the state CWU board. One of our members is the Executive Director of the National Farm Worker Ministry which is headquartered in Raleigh. We will continue what we are doing while exploring new ways to stand up for migrant farm workers in our state.

By reaching out to a disadvantaged child or speaking up for a powerless farm worker, we are the hands and feet, the voice and heart of Christ. When we serve others, we serve Christ. All are welcome to join our CWU journey of prayer and action!

With Christian love,
Emily Sprague

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