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Immigration and Refugee Ministries

This class is designated for records of the Church's work in the mid to late twentieth century with immigrants and refugees, including policy advocacy, refugee resettlement (Episcopal Migration Ministries), issue awareness, recruitment of volunteers, social network development, and fund raising. See also ERD under AO: Episcopal Church Organizations and Agencies.

Ecumenical Office. Records

This fonds documents the work of Ecumenical Officer Peter Day in representing the Episcopal Church on various external Christian bodies engaged in consultation on common liturgical and social matters, as well as discussions of unity. Of particular note are the Episcopal Church's files on the Consultation on Church Unity (COCU). Correspondence, reports, newsletters, articles, questionnaires are also found in the records.

Ecumenical Office

Advisory Commission on Ecclesiastical Relations. Records

This is a small group of the Commission’s minutes and reports. Of note is a 1931 report by Frank Gavin on the condition of the Church in Europe and the Middle East, which was filed with the Committee on Ecclesiastical Relations as it was then known.

Advisory Commission on Ecclesiastical Relations

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Records of offices and staff engaged in the Episcopal Church's ecumenical and interreligious relationships, including meeting records of Episcopal and Anglican dialogues, consultations, and covenanted agreements; conversations with faith traditions, work with ecumenical organizations such as the NCCC and WCC, on-going work with full communion partners, and operational files.

Communications and Promotions

Non-serial records in print or other media have been generated by a number of program support units with the aim of distributing news, information, and promotional or messaging content, mostly in support of its evangelism and missionary work, but to connect leaders an membership with newsworthy stories. It includes operational records and pictorial representations, motion pictures, transparency slides, audio and video recordings, and after 1995 website records, e-records, digital publications, and digital video recordings. (See also EP Official Documents, Published Media, and Records-in-Print Collection.)

Specialized Ministries and Social Welfare Office. Records

This collection provides a high level overview of the work of the Social Welfare Officer, Woodrow W. Carter, Sr., with particular emphasis on his work to coordinate interest across the Church in addressing salient and time-sensitive social concerns. The records bridge the later years of the Christian Social Relations Department but speak mostly to the experimental and investigative strategy of the national church bureaucracy in the 1970s. By that decade, the remnant departmental boundaries of the National Council's Domestic Mission portfolio had given way to amorphous structures that allowed executive officials more flexibility in responding to the perceived needs of the day. The central mission personnel became known as the mission “Program staff” that carried out the work of Executive Council under the direction of the Presiding Bishop. The records serve to demonstrate the last years in which the national Church’s ministry specialists served the governing Council as program staff officers and executives were appointed by and served at the behest of the chief executive officer, a title that was added to the office of the Presiding Bishop.

Specialized Ministries and Social Welfare Office

Social Justice and Public Advocacy

Records of DFMS's ministries involved broadly in Christian social relations and public policy advocacy, specifically in the areas of domestic affairs relating to poverty work, protection of women and children, health care, those with physical disabilities, the aged, the incarcerated, and similar groups typically affected by economic and social inequities.

Education for Mission and Ministry Unit. Records

This collection comprises a mixed series of Administrative Records and Subject Files that includes correspondence, reports, and printed material that appear to have been gathered selectively by an unknown office within the Education for Mission and Ministry cluster.

Prominent topics include the Diocese of Puerto Rico, Clergy Studies, and the National Institute for Lay Training (NILT). The NILT became the legal successor to the Church Army in 1975, promoting the training of laity for service to the Church community through the placement of volunteers in parish programs and seminaries. Of particular interest are General Convention committee records and a 1973 study by the Office of Development, “What You Said,” concerning diocesan needs and priorities.

Education for Mission and Ministry Unit

Education, Evangelism, and Congregational Services

A category of record relating to specific programs to attract new members and retain existing members through educational activities, congregational support, local giving capacity building, special conferences and revivals, and targeted membership development, particularly the youth. The records include evangelical events, planning, publications, video marketing and appeals.

Wates-Seabury Exchange Program. Records

This small collection documents an effort between the Episcopal Church and the Church of England to set up and maintain an exchange program across different polities and forms of church governance. It contains views of life in both countries and a case study of the relations between the churches in a joint program. The records consist of correspondence, most of which is with or by Warren Turner, Jr., as well as photographs.

Wates-Seabury Exchange Program

Ministries to Episcopal Church Communities and Groups

Includes records of directors and staff of offices that address the needs and development of under represented constituencies within The Episcopal Church (e.g., Black Ministries, Hispanic Ministries, and Indigenous Ministries); also includes ministries to young people. See also Social Justice and Public Advocacy for related records.

Lay Ministries Office. Records

Records of the Lay Ministry Office consist of the work product of staff officer Barry Menuez from 1973 to 1980. The records consist mainly of correspondence with some minutes, reports, conference materials and publications. These records document the changing status of women in the Episcopal Church and the Church's effort to involve part of the laity in the ministry of the Church. The topical files provide little supporting evidence of the range of activities of the office, but the serial newsletter called The 99% is a good resource.

Lay Ministries Office

Domestic Mission: Program Administration and Coordination

A category of records that includes executive-level planning and management of Domestic Mission offices, staff and activities. It may include policy documents, budgets and staffing decisions, planning documents, and reports to the Presiding Bishop, Council, and General Convention bodies. (See also AR PB 02 Administration, Administrative Officers, and Canons for overlapping areas of domestic program coordination).

National and World Mission. Anglican Communion Records

The Anglican Communion Records largely document the communication between staff of the National and World Mission office and representatives of other provinces and dioceses of the Anglican Communion. Included are reports, correspondence, meeting materials, and financial statements.

National and World Mission Office

World Mission: Program Administration and Coordination

A category of records of the Church's international mission activity (exclusive of Province 9 and the ECIE, which are formal missionary areas), including coordination of missionaries or mission personnel. The programs involve sponsored mission exchanges and records of coordinating staff, volunteers, and networks. The class category describes the monitoring of world and Anglican mission relationships and records produced by offices with geographical (i.e.,jurisdictional) responsibility, ministry, or authority (e.g. representatives or delegates for Africa, Latin America, the Anglican Communion, United Nations, etc.).

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