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Records of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
70.57cubic feet
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.

Records of the Structure Study Commission
1968- 1972
9.0 cu. feet
This special committee established by the Uniting Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1968 was responsible for reviewing the structure of the boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church and recommending changes. Many of the changes were enacted at the 1972 General Conference. The Commission's minutes, reports and study documents are in the collection.

Records of the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church
1968 - 1992
122 cubic feet
The General Commission on Religion and Race helps to educate the denomination on issues of race and ethnicity. The records reflect the agency's workshops, grant programs and monitoring functions.

Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly
1967- 1996
1.47 cu. feet
Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly was the first African American Woman to be elected bishop, not only in the United Methodist Church, but in any major denomination.

Alfred Waller Papers
1.26cubic feet
The personal papers of Alfred M. Waller, Jr. (1948-1987), American United Methodist minister and Drew University faculty member. This collection contains reference material, various artifacts, publications, sermons, and correspondence largely pertaining to anti-apartheid activities and African American history and issues.

Methodists United For Peace With Justice
18.99cubic feet
Methodists United For Peace With Justice (MUPWJ) is an educational and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Their formation grew out of the Foundry United Methodist Church's Foundry Peace Mission to support the UMC's Council of Bishops pastoral letter "In Defense of Creation: The Nuclear Crisis and a Just Peace". Later it evolved to be ecumenical in nature in both membership and glocal issues. The fight against nuclear proliferation of arms and testing makes up the majority of the records. Other peace issues, however, are still an important segment of the collection such as non-violent pacifism, poverty, especially children and youth, along with changing priorities in the U.S. federal budget.

Edward Bauman Sermons
39.74cubic feet
The Reverend Doctor Edward W. Bauman was senior pastor at the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. from the early 1970s until 1992. These are sermons preached at the Foundry, or on the radio. There are also study guides used with his television programs and several of his books.

James Stein Dissertation
0.18cubic feet
K. James Stein (1929- ), a theologian and professor. Stein was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of Gustav and Anna (Sommer) Stein. Ordained as an elder in 1956, Stein served appointments in the Dakota Conference. Stein became a Professor of Church History at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Ilinois in 1960 and became a dean at the seminary in 1972. This collection consists of the dissertation of K. James Stein at Union Theological Seminary, submitted in 1965.

John Vanlandingham Moore Papers
0.18cubic feet
John Vanlandingham Moore (1919- ), American Minister, was born to Manning Sydney Moore and Winifred Elaine Buxton on September 6, 1919 in Pueblo, Colorado. More pastored both Baptist and Methodist churches for over forty-two years. The John Vanlandingham Moore papers contain perhaps the earliest serious rethinking on the issue of homosexuality for both church and society in a church pulpit which this case took place at Glide Memorial in 1965.

Administrative Files of the Joint Commission on Church Union
0.54 cu. feet
The Joint Commission on Church Union was the working group which constructed the Plan of Union for The Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren merger in 1968. This material contains minutes of their meetings and the draft of the Plan of Union.