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Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop. Records

The Records of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop document the selection of members of the House of Bishops to be considered by General Convention for the position of Presiding Bishop. Included in the collection are meeting minutes, correspondence, and documentation on the prospective nominees.

Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop

General Convention Office. Records

This small collection documents the work of the Rev. John F. Stevens in his role as Coordinator of the 1973 General Convention. Included are minutes, reports, correspondence, financial data and information regarding the planning and organizing of the 1973 General Convention.

General Convention Office

Standing Commission on Church Music. Records

The records include detailed meeting minutes, budgets, and other administrative files, many of which document the preparation and publishing of The Hymnal 1982. Commission projects, research, and liturgical resources illustrate influences on the Commission’s decision making. Bland Tucker and Massey Shepherd figure largely among a number of interesting papers, statements, and Commission publications and publicity files. The Chilton Powell Institute program on the preparation of services in the Proposed Book of Common Prayer are documented. General correspondence is found throughout the files, giving evidence of the diverse associations of the Commission to commentators, contributors, and musicians.

Joint Commission on Church Music

Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal. Records

The records document the revision of the Hymnal 1940 and the subsequent companion handbook that was published in 1949. Earlier history is covered by documents gathered on the previous Hymnal 1916. The archive includes correspondence to and from chair person Winfred Douglas and other members of the Commission (including Arthur Farlander, who succeeded Douglas), notes on hymn revisions and changes, a copy of the Commission's report to the 1940 General Convention, reports from the Tunes Committee, and essays and reflections on The Hymnal 1940 after its publication.

Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal

Provincial Court of Review for Province II in the Matter of the Diocese of Newark v. The Reverend George Gaines Swanson. Records

This collection consists of trial records related to The Diocese of Newark vs George Gaines Swanson, as appealed to the Court of Review of Province II in 1989-1990. The official record on appeal is bound in four volumes, with a table of contents in the first volume. Records in these volumes include the original presentment, related correspondence, motions and court orders, transcripts of court proceedings, exhibits, and the notice of appeal. Notable among the exhibits are correspondence between Swanson and John Shelby Spong, and a transcript of Swanson's version of events leading up to the appeal. Records of the appeal proceedings are unbound and include the Appellant's Brief on Appeal, the Appellant's Reply Brief, the Decision of the Court of Review and a transcript of telephone conversations between Swanson and Denise Haines, the Archdeacon of Urban Ministry for the Diocese of Newark.

Provincial Court of Review for Province II

Committee on the Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial. Records

The committee’s records reflect the work done to create a vehicle for crafting projects and resources for parishes to celebrate the role of religion in marking the country’s bicentennial of independence. Records were also generated by two subcommittees of the Bicentennial Committee: Budget and “Forward Look”, to define future directions for the Church, especially in relation to the Bicentennial theme, "liberty and justice for all.” The latter committee met in 1975 and was chaired by Hodding Carter III. The committee’s records show their full engagement in a planning agenda. Emphasis was given to a special issue Anglican Theological Review (55:1) and the plans for the General Convention program and exhibit. Other publications relating to the Bicentennial are present, including writings on the topic by Presiding Bishop John Allin.

Committee on Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial

Special Committee on Theological Education in the Episcopal Church. Records

This collection consists of the Committee’s records as kept by Dr. Charles Taylor, the director of the study, and includes official minutes and reports, correspondence, data on seminaries, and planning and working documents of the Committee. Of note are copies of Nathan M. Pusey’s 1966 Report of the Special Committee titled “Ministry for Tomorrow,” which helped inform the study of theological education undertaken by the Committee and directed by Charles Taylor. Taylor’s work from 1957 to 1967 is well documented and there is correspondence from his time as the director of the American Association of Theological Schools from 1957. Correspondence and reports were generated and collected before, during, and after visits to a number of seminary and theological schools, including Berkeley Divinity School, Episcopal Theological Seminary, and Sewanee.

Special Committee on Theological Education in the Episcopal Church

Joint Commission on Renewal. Records

The records of the Joint Commission on Renewal are comprised primarily of meeting minutes, correspondence, reports drafted by the Commission, and printed materials about renewal written by members of the Commission. There is also a small amount of correspondence and records about financial matters.

Consultation on Renewal

Governing Bodies of General Convention

Records of official canonical standing committees and commissions, boards, joint house committees, task groups, and similar authorized ad hoc bodies acting in the interim and at the direction of the General Convention; may include records either generated directly by the interim body or collected as part of the central files of the Secretariat. The category does not include the separate category of Executive Council, which also acts as the board of directors for the DFMS and may act in the place of (rather at the direction of) the General Convention.

House of Deputies

Official Papers of the President's office, the Secretary of the House, committees of the House (e.g. the State of the Church), publications and communications generated by and within the House not pertaining directly to the triennial session.

General Convention Sessions

Records and official papers of the legislative sessions in joint gathering, including the legislative and special committee records (minutes, documents and other papers, including sanctioned audio, video, and electronic recordings of the proceedings.

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