Background of ACWC
In 1956, the Presbyterian Church Women of the USA invited churchwomen from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe to their Assembly at Purdue University. At this meeting in Stony Point, many Asian church women leaders met for the first time, and they realized how little they knew about their own Asian situations. Miss Felicia Sunderal from India challenged other Asian women delegates to have as big a meeting as the one at Purdue.
With this discovery of a new Asian selfhood, there was an urge for ecumenical fellowship among the Asian Church Women. It was their prayerful wishes and beautiful dreams to have a fellowship gathering in Asia arranged by Asian sisters. God listened and heard their prayers and made it possible to have a conference in Hong Kong on November 12, 1958.
Since then, ACWC has continued to meet every four years. These women have been bound or sheltered too long by tradition and culture and have taken the role of the second-class citizens at home, in church and in society. Currently, in some countries, the women still struggle with the above plight. The ACWC has been a supportive fellowship in Christ. These women can reach out and share what is most dear in their hearts with their sisters in faith.
Vision of ACWC
The Asian Church Women’s Conference envisions itself as a full partner with individuals and organizations that are dedicated to the enabling of women and the whole of humankind in the struggle towards the creation of a society where there is more meaningful peace, justice and love.
As an organization, ACWC envisions Asian women in unity become more capable of discovering themselves, and realizing their gifts and potentials, they contribute more forceful and sustained efforts towards the development of a stronger family and community, rooted in faith and sustained by the Holy Spirit so the Shalom may finally be attained.
As an advocate of women’s rights and welfare, ACWC sees itself working beyond the boundaries of culture and creed, color and race so that stronger regional networks of women leaders and organizations may emerge that together and in unity recognize in action their role and responsibility in the family, the society and the church.
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