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Guide to the Reference Collection of Joesph Benjamin Bethea Photographs
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Joseph Benjamin Bethea (1932-1995), United Methodist Church Bishop, was born in Dillon, South Carolina, to the Reverend Rufus Emory and Ella Johnson Bethea. The 1988 Southeast Jurisdiction elected him bishop and then was assigned to the Columbia, South Carolina Episcopal Area. There are three group photographs related to Rockingham District, North Carolina Annual Conference events from 1877 to 1980. Reverend Joseph Benjamin Bethea is in all the photographs due to his position as District Superintendent.

Commission to Study the Itinerancy
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The Commission to Study the Itinerancy was assigned its task by the General Conference in 1976, and was to report to the General Conference in 1980. Collection contains the records of the Commission, which include reports, minutes, working papers, and correspondence.

Records of the National Consultation on Equitable Salaries
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Records of a national organization which monitors pastoral salary ranges within the annual conferences.

I Always Wore My Topi-The Burma Letters of Ethel Mabuce, 1916-1921
0.45 cu. feet

Thelma Marcella Randall Papers
3.44cubic feet
Thelma Marcella Randall Simms (?-?), was an active United Methodist layperson in the Baltimore-Washington area in both the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and Locust United Methodist Church. Thelma also participated in the support for African American United Methodist causes and identity throughout the larger denomination via the Black Methodists for Church Renewal Caucus (BMCR). Almost all the records within Randall’s collection documents BMCR justice ministries throughout the connectional structure of the denomination.

Bishop Judith Craig Collection
1971- 2005
2.88 cubic feet
Judith Craig (1937- ) is a retired United Methodist Church bishop. Craig was ordained a deacon in 1972 and elder in 1974 by the East Ohio Annual Conference. She served in the local church and annual conference until 1984 when the North Central Jurisdiction elected her to the episcopacy. Craig then served both the Michigan (1984- 1991) and Ohio West (1992-2001) episcopal seats.

Darrell L. Reeck Collection
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Darrell L. Reeck (1939- ), American ethics scholar, university administrator and ordained United Methodist minister, was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1939. After completing his doctoral studies in Religious Studies with a focus on Ethics from Boston University he joined the faculty at University of Puget Sound and would become an assistant dean during his tenure. Reeck also worked as a money manager for the United Methodist Development Fund as well as other financial institutions. He finished his career in United Methodist ministry and retired in 2006. The collection contains oral research data for his dissertation.

Records of Affirmation: United Methodists for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns
9.0 cubic feet
This collection documents the administrative and programmatic work of Affirmation: United Methodists for Gay and Lesbian Concerns. The organization is a caucus, or unofficial organization, of The United Methodist Church focusing on homosexual issues.

Charlotte A. Meade Papers
1.44cubic feet
Charlotte Meade (?-?), United Methodist Church West Virginia layperson, is a lifelong member of the Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) Caucus. Meade served in various leadership capacities for the national BMCR organization. These positions included Secretary and Assistant Secretary for the BMCR National Board of Directors (1971-1980), Board Member at Large (1987), assigned to Personnel Committee (1986) and Communications Committee (1987). The collection essentially documents Meade's involvement with Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) as evident in her records dating from 1969 to 2002.

Records of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
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The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) was established by the 1972 General conference of The United Methodist Church. Emerging from the social climate of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women was conceived when a 1968 report presented by the Women's Society of Christian Service, known today as United Methodist Women,requested that a study commission be established to research the involvement, or lack thereof, on women in all aspects of the United Methodist Church. The Commission understood itself as an advocate for affirmative action, personnel policies, grievance procedures and as an ally to victims of sexual harassment. Over time, it has sought to eradicate discriminatory language, combat homophobia and provide regional training for those interested in challenging sexism and other forms of oppression.