About The ECW President's Cross
The ECW President’s Cross in the Diocese of Northwest Texas has been worn by every president since the 1940’s. The retiring president gives it to the new president at her installation. It is a simple gold cross marked on the back “W.A.” for Women’s Auxiliary, which is what the Episcopal Churchwomen was called until the 1970’s.
Upon her retirement, each former president receives a replica of the cross, which has been custom made by an Abilene jeweler from gold jewelry of ECW members.
As stated by former president, Terry Jolliff, “...my wonder at the symbolism of this piece of jewelry has never left me. I think of all the women before me who have dedicated years of their lives to ECW, and I think of the women who gave up treasures so the cross I receive could be forged. I see continuity of ECW, a blessing of our past and hope for our future.”
The Episcopal Church Women Prayer
Almighty God, we pray that you will bless our work in mission and ministry in the world. Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through your son Jesus Christ. Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future. Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world. Amen