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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.).

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.

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

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.

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.

Home Department. Records

This record group includes correspondence, reports, surveys, printed matter, photographs, grant requests, and subject files. The majority of the correspondence relates to awarded grants, placement of workers, requests for assistance, and reports from the aided dioceses.

Home Department

Henry Forrester Missionary Papers

Henry Forrester’s working papers primarily document his domestic missionary activity in New Mexico and include four bound volumes of correspondence sent and received beginning with the final months of his rectorship in Terry, Mississippi (1874), through his early services in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque. Also represented in the archive is a scrapbook volume titled “Forresteriana,” which covers the period 1871 to 1880 and includes clippings on topics of concern to him, news items on his work, published letters, and tracts written by Forrester for his work with the Spanish speaking population of the territory.

Domestic Committee

General Board of Religious Education. Minutes

The minutes document the Church's work in the field of religious education carried out by the General Board of Religious Education from its inception in 1911 to its dissolution in the 1960s. The General Board’s records are confined to the minutes of the Executive Committee.

General Board of Religious Education

Foreign Mission Fields and Overseas Missionary Program and Personnel

Records documenting the operation and programs carried out during the period of the Board of Missions and loosely reporting to and/or funded by the Board of National Council in an official capacity. Some Board of Missions fonds or records may be found with a continuing body or function of a National Council successor unit, or with a continuing Executive Council entity.

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.

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

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.

Domestic Mission and Program Administration

A category that distinguishes the establishment of foreign mission churches and the missionaries sent by the DFMS, including personnel records generated on individuals engaged in work outside the United States and in Episcopal Church provincial jurisdiction. The records document recruitment, training, and placement of DFMS missionaries or representatives, mission volunteers, and others engaged in evangelism or service work abroad or in technical assistance to others in jurisdictions beyond the United States. The records also frequently contain abundant personal information on individual experiences in foreign service.

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