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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

Department of Christian Education. Records

Records in this collection reflect the administrative and programmatic oversight activities of the national Episcopal Church entities responsible for education and lay Christian formation between 1920 and 1971. Though the collection is small, it covers a wide array of topics in Christian Education, including: curriculum development; continuing education; the Christian Nurture series; the Seabury series of Sunday school materials; departmental reorganization; and Christian education in various overseas regions. The materials include correspondence, minutes, reports, articles, audio tapes, and printed matter such as publications, articles, and addresses.

The correspondence includes material from the 1920s (when the unit was known as the Department of Religious Education) directed to the first Executive Secretary, the Rev. John Suter; there is then a gap, with the next group of correspondence beginning in the early 1950s. The 1970-1971 correspondence offers a good overview of issues faced in the period when there was no staff officer in charge of religious education.

A 1957 report titled “Review of Activities, Department of Christian Education, Protestant Episcopal Church” presents a comprehensive look at what the Department had accomplished up to that point and what it sought to accomplish in the future.

Office of Religious Education

Department of Christian Education. Publications

This collection consists of periodicals that were created for leaders in the field of Christian education as well as students and parents and covers two periods with a noticeable gap: 1927-1947 and 1953-1982. The publications provide guidance and leadership in the field and also serve as a forum to unify discussion and exchange current ideas on education.

Department of Christian Education

Department of Christian Education. Records

The records relate to the reorganization of Christian education under the National Council beginning with the phase that retained some of the self-governing aspects of the Church’s board structure. The administrative records include minutes, reports, surveys, correspondence, financial statements, and printed matter. Of note is a significant amount of documentation relating to an annual index of Episcopal Camps and Conferences, including questionnaires, leaflets, brochures, and correspondence as well as two film series including Here and Now and Going on from Here, along with production records. Reports, minutes, transcriptions, and correspondence that document the various aspects of the Department’s work among youth round out the collection.

Department of Christian Education

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