Julia Chester Emery

September 24, 1852 – January 9, 1922

Feast Day: January 9

Julia Chester Emery

Julia Chester Emery founded the United Thank Offering while serving as the National Secretary for the Women’s Auxiliary Board of Missions for four decades. She contributed vastly to expanding the work of the Church across the world and propelling women’s role in the Church.

Icon No. 1

The first ever icon of JCE was written by Marcy Hall Art. In this icon, Julia is depicted in Anvik, Alaska, the location of the first UTO grant site, with a Blue Box in hand. It also includes details from Julia’s time spent as Secretary of the Woman’s Auxiliary, including a depiction of the Pan-Anglican Conference and deaconess trainings.

Icon No. 2

Kristen Wheeler (Ministry of Saints) wrote this icon of Julia Chester Emery, which depicts her passion and independence. JCE traveled the globe alone twice and was a fearless leader for women’s rights within the church through deaconess trainings. Here, Julia is depicted with her suitcase, UTO Blue Box, shield of The Episcopal Church, and a quill.

Icon No. 3

The Rev. Dr. Chris Corbin, artist and rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh, WI, has depicted Julia Chester Emery in his classic, simple cartoon style. This icon emphasizes Julia’s humility and approachability, as a leader for all people of all ages.

Celebrate JCE in Your Parish, Diocese, or Home!

The celebration of Julia Chester Emery shouldn’t begin or end on her Feast Day! Julia was an incredible force within The Episcopal Church and brought about important, compassionate change. Her legacy stays with us in many ways today, and we encourage you in honor and celebrate her life in your parish, diocese, and home!

JCE Trivia

We created an engaging and fun set of JCE/UTO trivia questions! We held a trivia party on Zoom, but you could easily make this a fun, in-person trivia game.

JCE Prayer Card

Download this printable prayer card to pass out to your small group, parish, or diocese! You can even hang it up in your home or office.

JCE Icon Art

The first ever Julia Chester Icon has been written by Marcy Hall Art! This beautiful icon can be purchased as a print to hang up in your space.