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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.

Board of Missions Program and Administration

Records documenting the domestic and foreign operation and program of the offices and agents of the Board of Missions, including entities with loose reporting relationship or funded directly by the Board of Missions. Some Board of Missions fonds and records may have been processed with a continuing body of records or a similar function of a National Council successor unit, or even with a continuing Executive Council entity. Some notes indicate that archivists arranged early records in large groupings for convenience (cf.., introductory notes for RG 45 and RG 50).

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).

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.

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.

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.).

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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

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

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