Synodical Women's Organization (SWO)

Women called to Discipleship in Jesus Christ

Many congregations within the Metropolitan Chicago Synod have thriving Women’s Ministries. We seek to support and enable these groups to connect and gather, and to carry out God’s work in their communities.

Women of the ELCA Purpose Statement 

As a community of women created in the image of God called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, We commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world. 

Our Foundation - Grasped in Grace

 "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (Ephesians 3:14-21, NRSV).


28th Annual Lutheran/Catholic Day of Dialogue & Prayer

This year’s Lutheran/Catholic Day of Dialogue & Prayer between the Synodical Women's Organization and the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. Giles Catholic Church, 1045 Columbus Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 (708-383-3430).  The keynote speaker will be Jan Irwin, and the homilist will be the Rev. Kathy Nolte from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park.  The Oak Park Food Pantry will receive the offering proceeds.

Registration, Coffee, & Fellowship will begin at 8:30 a.m. in McDonough Hall, on the 2nd floor of the Gleeson Building just north of the church.

The program and introductions will begin at 9:30 am in the sanctuary.

Lunch will be served at noon in the Gleeson Building

The registration cost is $20. Please mail your checks (made out to Metro Chicago SWO) and registration information to arrive by March 15.  Download the registration form here.


Contact Information for Synodical Women’s Organization Board Members


Ruth Beck
Vice President Stephanie Olson
Secretary Gloria Green
Treasurer Cheryl Dickinson
Board Member Desiree Cole
Board Member Bonnie Lopez
Board Member Linda Miranda
Board Member Sandra Schlauch
Board Member Donna Sell
Board Member Kathleen West


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