Australian Church Women Inc. seeks to unite Christian women across denominational boundaries and to promote peace, understanding and unity through faith and love in one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Members belong to various mainstream Churches such as Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Presbyterian, The Salvation Army, and Uniting Church in Australia.
Australian Church Women became incorporated on 3 March 2009.
The National Public Officer is required to reside in the ACT and
Mrs Helen Raymond was appointed to this role.
In 1962 plans were made to facilitate the linking of Women’s Inter-Church Councils already existing in all States and Territories. An Interim Committee for Women's Work was set up by the then Australian Council of Churches to draft a Constitution, which was ratified in 1965. The strong Christian foundation of the Women’s Inter-Church Councils is still appreciated and continued by Australian Church Women today.
The aims and objectives of ACW Inc. are to:
Unite Christian women from Churches and Christian communities that confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour, and to commit themselves to the one triune God – being Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
Promote co-operation, understanding and reconciliation between men and women in Church, family and society;
Help Christian women to take a more effective place in the total life and mission of the Church; and
Encourage fellowship, service and understanding nationally and internationally.
Australian Church Women Inc. supports:
The Fellowship of The Least Coin, a global movement of prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation;
And is responsible for the Winifred Kiek Scholarship Fund, which enables women to do further study in an area that will better equip them for service in the church and community;
And encourages the observance of the World Day of Prayer
(See website at www.worlddayofprayeraustralia.org);
And participates in the Asian Church Women’s Conference through an Australian representative on the General Committee (See ACWC blog at www.acwc.blogspot.com);
And maintains relationships and dialogue with the National Council of Churches of Australia, other ecumenical bodies and members' denominations.