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New England Women Ministers Association Records

 Collection
Call Number: RG 303

Scope and Contents

Minutes, reports, correspondence, publications, and collected material document the work of the New England Women Ministers Association.

Dates

  • 1952 - 1998

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited in Andover Newton Theological School collection in 1992, transferred to Yale Divinity Library in 2017

Arrangement

Organized into five series:

Series I. Legal Records

Series II. Administration Records

Series III. Ad Hoc Committees

Series IV. Publications

Series V. Special Events and Projects

Series VI. Regional Chapters

Extent

2 Linear Feet (3 boxes; 1 oversize box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.303

Overview

Minutes, reports, correspondence, publications, and collected material document the work of the New England Women Ministers Association, an organization that sought to provide support and strengthen ties between its members.

History

Oral tradition indicates that in 1922 a group of women ministers gathered at Bangor Theological Seminary in an effort to form a continuing fellowship. The organizing meeting of New England Women Ministers Association was in Keene, New Hampshire, in May 1938. For several years thereafter the group met annually one day of the week of the Rural Church Workers Conference at Ocean Park, Maine. The group adopted a more formal structure in 1952 with the election of a slate of officers. The organization's focus remained on the annual meeting at which issues of common interest were discussed. In 1959 a constitution was adopted, formalizing the purpose of the group since its inception: to strengthen the ties that bind women ministers together in the Christian ministry; to encourage competent and consecrated women to consider the vocation of ministry. A subsequent revision in 1982 refined the purpose: to strengthen the ties that bind women in ministry; to encourage and support one another; to provide role models; and to affirm and enhance the chosen vocation of women ministers. New England Women Ministers Association continued its tradition of providing a time of retreat and reflection through the programs scheduled at the annual meeting.
Title
Guide to the New England Women Ministers Association Records
Author
Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity Library staff
Date
2018

Repository Details

Part of the Yale University Divinity School Library Repository

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