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TitleRecords of the Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church
Ref No5SMW
Box Fetch NoBoxes 01-04
Extent4 A boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryThe Society for the Ministry of Women (Interdenominational) was formed in 1929 by a small group of Christian men and women of various denominations, who believed that women as well as men should be eligible for ordination to the full ministry in the Church. Agnes Maude Royden (1876-1965) was a founder and first President. It changed its name to the Society for the Equal Ministry of Men and Women in the Church (Interdenominational) in 1942 and again in 1957 to The Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church (Interdenominational). After the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to be ordained as priests in Nov 1992, interest in the Society declined. From 1998, the Society sponsored the Ecumenical Coalition of Women Ministers, a small committee made up of two people each from Catholic Women's Ordination, Methodist Women's Forum, Women in Ministry Network of the United Reformed Church, and Women and the Church (WATCH) to enable liaison among these organised groups of women in ministry. With more churches ordaining women, the Society decided to work together for the ministry of the whole people of God and to foster initiatives and exchange experiences in the area of women's ministry - lay and ordained. From 2001, the main thrust of the campaign work concerned the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox and Oriental Churches, with emphasis on ecumenical networking and mutual support. It was decided in 2003 to change its name to the Ecumenical Network for Women's Ministry and move away from a membership organisation to the creation of a network through a mailing list with an annual event for sharing information. This was not successful and the Network was brought to an end in Jan 2005.
Custodial HistoryAcc 2002/16 were housed by the Wesley and Methodist Studies Centre, Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University, from 1998 to 2002 (ref: 1998/29).
DescriptionThe archive consists of:
* Administrative papers (1964-2004)
* minutes of Annual General Meetings and related papers (1977-2004)
* minutes of Executive Committee meetings (1938-2000)
* Financial papers (1982-2004)
* Papers relating to the Ecumenical Network of Women's Ministries (2003-2004)
* Publications (1966-2004)
Related MaterialThe Women's Library also holds:
Records of St Joan's International Alliance (2SJA)
Records of the Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women to the Historic Ministry of the Church (5AGO)
Records of the Catholic Women's Ordination (5RCW)
Records of Women Word Spirit (5WWS)
Records of the Movement for the Ordination of Women (6MOW)
Records of the Group for Rescinding the Act of Synod (GRAS)
Papers of Agnes Maude Royden (7AMR)
Papers of Dorothea Edith Belfield (7DEB)
Papers of Everild Feeny (7EMF)
Papers of Olwen Smith (7OLS)
Papers of Ursula Roberts (7URO)
Papers of Vivienne Lake (7VEL)
Papers of Victoria Liddiard (7VLI)
Papers of Patricia Pinkerton (PINKERTON)
The Women's Library printed collection also holds periodicals for the relevant organisations and some press cuttings relating to women's ordination (c.1919-1950), search LSE 'LibrarySearch'.
Related Record5AGO
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThis collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library @ LSE in advance of their first visit.
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