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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.
To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.
The North Carolina Synodical Womens Organization (NC SWO) provides support, events and services for congregational expressions that meet in some 200 ELCA congregations across N.C. These units gather in groups, sometime in "circles," for study, advocacy, service and fellowship. Much of the work of the statewide organization is done through its committees. These committees meet twice yearly at Committee Day events. Contact our president if you are interested in serving at the state level.
NC SWO Committees
Restructured in 2016
Justice (formerly Action & Community)
Discipleship (formerly Leadership & Growth)
Our churchwide expression is based
in Chicago, Illinois. This exceptional
staff provides support and services
to the Women of the ELCA across
our church and the world.
Empowered by grace from Jesus Christ, the North Carolina Women of the ELCA walk boldly in faith. Daily we take up the cross to serve others and to witness in our community and the world. The love and power of that faith flows through us and out to all those we encounter, especially those in need. We are women of all ages, with varying gifts and callings. We walk together, some leaning and some bearing another’s burdens. We are a bold sisterhood of faith!
Commissioned to Go:
Love, Serve, Pray, Proclaim, Give
The 2015-16 theme for the North Carolina Women of the ELCA was "I Am Created, Called, Empowered." When NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith preached at our 2016 Annual Gathering, he looked at the theme and observed that we were now ready to follow God's Great Commission.
He challenged us:
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Matthew 28: 19-20a NRSV
The NC SWO Board heeded the challenge and chose the theme for 2017-19: "Commissioned to Go: Love, Serve, Pray, Proclaim, Give"
God created and gifted us as unique women. God sent Jesus to save us through his grace and to redeem us for new life. God sent the promised Holy Spirit to go with us, to support and empower us.
Now, forgiven and strengthened, we go into the world to love and serve our neighbor, to pray and proclaim God's word, and to give of our time, talents, and treasures. As bold Women of the ELCA, we are Commissioned to Go!