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Church Women United

Church Women United is an ecumenical, multi-cultural, national Christian women's movement that has been in existence since 1941 and to this day continues to work for peace and justice. 



Church Women United of Minnesota Elected Officers for 2020

Sandy Meyer President CWU Minnesota 952-270-1157

Margit Hauge Treasurer CWU Minnesota 952-881-1871

Ellen Allen Secretary CWU Minnesota 952-445-4381

Sue Rengstorf "Celebrations" chair Minnesota CWU  651-483-8538

Sue Rengstorf, President of CWU of the St. Paul Area 651-483-8538



Since 1941 women of the Church Women United Movement have held a vision of Christian unity and prayerful action. CWU was founded as a racially, culturally, and theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement to celebrate unity in diversity and work for peace in the world. At its founding, the Movement was named United Council of Church Women (UCCW). Women of faith from three interdenominational women’s groups representing 70 denominations convened in Atlantic City, NJ in December 1941 while bombs were being dropped and the world was at war. Can you visualize their fortitude, their resolve, their strength to action? They felt like we did on 911 because they were there in Atlantic City less than a week after Pearl Harbor!  The United Council of Church Women’s first action was to circulate a petition signed by 84,000 church women “urging the United States at the signing of the United Nations Charter, to join and take its full responsibility in a world organization.”  The action received wide publicity in the media and Eleanor Roosevelt later involved the UCCW in a conference at the White House on “How Women May Share in Post War Policy-Makin.” Such action remains typical for CWU today as its quest for informed prayer for prayerful action continues. Women of the Movement affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world.  I think about our modern-day world. How fast we want things to happen. Our preference is to trim things down into commercial-sized segments. As 21st Century women we may work and think differently but our conviction for the work is similar. Our CWU mothers were true, fastidious, focused. So are we. They saw the work to be done, planted an idea, birthed it, named it, nurtured it, and watched it grow. They have left it in our hands. That makes my knees weak, but there are so many more of us now and potentially, many, many, more. 

Our Mission

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 is:

  • a movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women;
  • biblically-based, shared Christian faith;
  • organized into more than 1,200 local and state units working for peace and justice in the United States and Puerto Rico;
  • supported by constituents in state and local units and denominational women’s organizations;
  • impassioned by the Holy Spirit to act on behalf of women and children throughout the world; and
  • recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations.


Quadrennial Priorities 2017-2020

Prepared  by The  Actions/Global Concerns Committee

THEME: Learning and Leading ...Using the Principles of God's Word” 


Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. 

Psalm 25:5           

Priority #1:  Human Rights    God's Word: Know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and equity. Proverbs 1:2-3

Church Women United believes every child has the right to a quality education.  We support innovative learning environments for our children designed to protect human dignity and support their well-being and full development.  We work to ensure our children are prepared to compete, produce and thrive in the global economies of the 21st century.   


Priority #2:  Hunger and Poverty  God’s Word: A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food.

If you say to that person “God be with you I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat, but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing. James 2:15-16

 Church Women United believes children, our most vulnerable citizens, are entitled to nutritious food choices and food security to ensure a healthy lifestyle, academic achievement, and economic productivity.  As women of faith we are called to feed the poor, shelter the homeless and protect our children.


 Priority #3:  Health and Wellness  God's Word: A sound heart is life to the body.  Proverbs 14:30

Church Women United women live full lives and fill many roles; including demanding careers. We often take little time for ourselves and virtually give little to no attention to our health.  We pledge to be more attentive to our health and support other women in championing their health and well-being.


Priority #4: Diversity and Inclusiveness   God’s Word: In Christ’s family there can be no division… Among us you are equal, that is, we are in Common relationship with Jesus Christ. Galatians 3: 28

Church Women United understands in an increasingly diverse and global world, the gospel of Christ is our example for embracing differences: in wealth, in ethnicity, in culture, and in race.

Our ecumenical partnerships, valued faith traditions and Christian perspectives provide valuable resources for addressing the intersections of race, ethnicity and culture.


Valiant Woman Award:

Sandy Meyer received the Valiant Woman Award at the Twin Cities District United Methodist Women Annual Meeting on September 19, 2015

The Twin Cities District of the Minnesota Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) presented Sandy Meyer with the Valiant Woman Award at their Annual Meeting at Christ United Methodist Church in Maplewood on September 19, 2015. Although Valiant Woman Awards are usually presented at Church Women United events, the United Methodist Women wanted to honor Sandy for her commitment to keeping UMW informed of CWU events during her time as on officer on the district and conference level. She was surprised and very honored but also thrilled that it took place at a UMW event which offered CWU even more exposure.

In the words of Mary Gates: "A Valiant Woman is someone who has given service to CWU, her church and her community. She may or may not be an actual leader but is always someone who leads by example. A Valiant Woman is a woman who lives the Gospel message in her everyday life."

Sandy has been active in Church Women United, her local church Discovery UMC in Chanhassen, her first home church Richfield UMC, and in the community.

A life- long Girl Scout, Sandy is active in River Valley Girl Scout Council, she is an active member of International Twins Association (think people, not baseball), Twinless Twins Support Group International, the Red Hat Society of which she and her mother are members, Richfield High School Reunion Committee Chair, and Emma Norton Services.

Well known as a magician and a clown she has used these accomplishments to enliven many a presentation. She has been known to do magic tricks during a UMW Sunday sermon to illustrate a point and who can forget her thoughtful portrayal of various characters as part of her Clown Ministry.

Sandy wanted to learn more about Church Women United, so, three years ago she took time to attend National CWU 70th Anniversary Celebration in Atlantic City, the site of CWU's beginning. The last four years she served as Secretary/Treasurer of MN Church Women United. This was a time when the unit was struggling, and the officers wondered if the unit could continue. Sandy volunteered to serve as Secretary-Treasurer and helped get the struggling unit to move forward. ..probably one of her greatest magic tricks of all time.

Mary Gates Received Valiant Woman Award at the Annual Meeting on August 14, 2010.  To qualify for the award a woman must have given service to Church Women United, her own church, and her community for an extended period. She does not have to be a leader but can be someone who leads in a quiet way through her example. She is an individual who lives the Gospel message in her everyday life. Mary has held many positions in United Methodist Women, Girl Scouts, and at Simpson UMC. She works tirelessly for justice and to improve the lives of women, children, and youth. Mary was also the catalyst in forming the new unit at Emma Norton Residence. Please join in congratulating Mary for receiving this long-overdue award!