Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus
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The Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus (EEWC) is a group of Christian feminists organized in 1973. It was originally named the "Evangelical Women's Caucus" (EWC) because it began as a caucus within Evangelicals for Social Action, which had issued the "Chicago Declaration." Its mission is to "support, education, and celebrate Christian feminists from many traditions." It favored passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, encourages the ordination of women, and has called for gender inclusive language in all communications. "Ecumenical" was added to the organization's name in 1990 in order to make it clear that members from all faiths are welcome.
In 1986 EWC passed a resolution stating: "Whereas homosexual people are children of God, and because of the biblical mandate of Jesus Christ that we are all created equal in God's sight, and in recognition of the presence of the lesbian minority in EWCI [Evangelical Women's Caucus International], EWCI takes a firm stand in favor of civil rights protection for homosexual persons."  This resolution led a group of more conservative members to form Christians for Biblical Equality.
EEWC maintains a website at www.eewc.com, Christian Feminism Today, edited by Letha Dawson Scanzoni, co-author of All We're Meant to Be (1975, 1992), Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?(1978, 1994), and What God Has Joined Together? The Christian Case of Gay Marriage (2005). Frequent contributors include Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, author of Women, Men, and the Bible (1977), Omnigender (2007), Sensuous Spirituality (2008), and co-author of Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? (1978, 1994); Anne Eggebroten, blogger and author of Abortion: My Choice, God's Grace: Christian Women Tell Their Stories (1994); Kendra Weddle Irons, blogger and author of Preaching on the Plains: Methodist Women Preachers in Kansas (2007); Melanie Springer Mock, blogger and author of Writing Peace: The Unheard Voices of Great War Mennonite Objectors (2003); Reta Halteman Finger, former editor of Daughters of Sarah magazine and author of The Wisdom of Daughters: Two Decades of the Voice of Christian Feminism (2004), Roman House Churches for Today: A Practical Guide for Small Groups (2007), Of Widows and Meals: Communal Meals in the Book of Acts (2007), and Paul and the Roman House Churches: A Simulation (1991); and Marg Herder, blogger and multimedia artist.
EEWC holds biannual conferences that include lectures, music, workshops, and worship. The 2012 Gathering was held in July in Indianapolis, IN. The 2014 Gathering will be held in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Christian feminism
- Christian egalitarianism
- Christians for Biblical Equality
- Homosexuality and Christianity
- About EEWC
- Randall Herbert Balmer, Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism, Baylor University Press 2004