The group’s mission statement describes it as a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice.
The Register-Guard, March 27, 2016
by Randi Bjornstad
They don’t preach, they don’t proselytize and they don’t care what denominations their members attend.
But Church Women United is a busy bunch, actively advocating for better health care, environmental preservation, equal justice and economic opportunity for all.
Nationally, the organization celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, although it traces its origins to the annual World Day of Prayer observance that dates globally to 1887 and to 1911 in Eugene.
“We are nonjudgmental Christians, just trying to make things better,” local chapter president and longtime member Anne Ehrlich O’Brien said.
And it’s not just a bunch of “church ladies” getting together to chat, either.
The group’s board of directors spends weeks each summer researching issues for the coming year, meeting with people who are knowledgeable about them and honing them down to topics to delve into at gatherings — called forums — that meet monthly except for July and August.