Church Women United (CWU) is a Christian women’s movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women. Founded in 1941, this biblically based organization has more than 1,200 local and state units in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Mission and services
Church Women United's holds three annual worship
celebrations; World Day of Prayer, May Friendship Day, and World Community Day. Dating back to 1887, World Day of Prayer is a global prayer
movement for confession
of individual and national sins
collected to express contrition. First observed in 1933, May Friendship Day focuses on "creative and healing relationships" that exist in local communities. On World Community Day, first observed in 1939, Christian women pray and do projects that work towards global peace.
In 1941 three organizations; the Council of Women for Home Missions, the Committee on Women’s Work of the Foreign Missions Conference, and the National Council of Federated Church Women combined to form one national organization representing women from seventy Christian denominations
. The new organization was originally called the United Council of Church Women (UCCW).