Since 1941 women of the Church Women United Movement have held a vision of Christian unity and prayerful action. CWU was founded as a racially, culturally, and theologically inclusive Christian womens movement to celebrate unity in diversity and work for peace in the world. At its founding, the Movement was named United Council of Church Women (UCCW). Women of faith from three interdenominational women's groups representing 70 denominations convened in Atlantic City, NJ in December, 1941 while bombs were being dropped and the world was at war. The United Council of Church Women's first action was to circulate a petition signed by 84,000 church women urging the United States at the signing of the United Nations Charter, to join and take its full responsibility in a world organization.