Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women's movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Founded in 1941, Church Women United was a movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women with a shared faith and is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations.
Church Women United has a strong sense of identification with the needs of women, children and families and seeks ways to provide impacting support.
The local branch of CWU of Gloversville and Johnstown was formed in the 1940s at a time when the United States was engaged in a violent world war. Area Christian women organized a chapter that has been an important part of our local Christian celebrations: May Friendship Day, World Community Day in November, World Day of Prayer in March, and recently added was a fourth, the Human Rights Celebration. Throughout its history, our local churches sent representatives to these celebrations and meetings to bring a feeling of unity for all Christians of all denominations.
As more and more women joined the work force, others aged, the area populations lessened and churches closed, it has become more difficult to maintain the work involved in keeping up with our organization's efforts.
It is with deep regret that at the final meeting of the local CWU held in June, the decision to close was made. It is certainly hoped the efforts to work for peace and justice, especially relating to women and children, will be carried on in each local church in the area. Also, our local unit prepared the school and health kits for Church World Service for many years, and it is hoped the area churches will continue to support this important project.
ANNA C. BROOKS