The Church of England Deaconess and Missionary Training House was established in 1890 as a residential school to prepare women workers for Deaconess and missionary service. In 1947 the name was changed to the Anglican Women's Training College (AWTC). Anglican women from all over Canada came to Toronto to train for work in Christian Education in parishes, medical and teaching services overseas, Indian and Eskimo Residential Schools and reserves, Bishop's Messengers in western Canada, Sunday School by Post and Radio, youth and social work. The Woman's Auxiliary recruits were sent to the AWTC for missionary training for a year or less before being sent out. This was different from the three year diploma program offered to AWTC students.
In 1969, the AWTC merged with the United Church's Covenent College to become the Centre for Christian Studies using the former AWTC building on Charles Street, Toronto. In 1997, the building in Toronto was sold and a decision was made to discontinue the traditional residential program in favour of the community based program and to relocate the administrative offices to Winnipeg. In July, 1998, CCS officially moved.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence, fundraising and insurance records, architectural plans and blueprints, minutes of meetings, Alumnae and student records, daybooks, financial and legal records, annual reports, scrapbooks, pamphlets and other printed materials, photographs, artifacts, and oral history interviews.
Fonds is arranged in 7 series:
Series 1: Committee on Deaconesses, 1890-1897.
Series 2: Administration Records of the Deaconess House and AWTC, 1893-1990.
Series 3: Committees, 1899-1973.
Series 4: Associations, 1896-1990.
Series 5: Printed and Miscellaneous Material, 1892-1998. Series 6: Anglican Women’s Training College: A Background Document. – 1893-1990.
Series 7: Photographs, 1900-1969.
Woman's Auxiliary fonds
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds
Added sub-title on cover: An international dialogue with the Chinese Church.
Based on the conference: God's Call to a New Beginning, Montreal, Oct. 2-7, 1981.
"An historic meeting took place in Montreal in 1981. Catholic and Protestant leaders from China met with 150 other Christians from around the world, an unprecedented gathering which launched a new beginning in relationships and understanding. This book draws on the rich resources provided by that momentous occasion, although it is not a day to day conference report". -- Preface, p. i.
Contents divided into five main sections: The People -- Being the Church -- The Chinese Church and International Relations --Epilogue -- Appendix.
Bibliography: p. 178-184.
Contents: Dedication to Dr. Edward H. Johnson -- Preface / Raymond L. Whitehead -- Acknowledgements / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- The Church in Revolution / Andre Myre -- Response / Tissa Balasuriya, Robert Carbonneau, James G. Endicott, Sebastian Kappen, K.H. Ting, Sergio Torres -- Reconciliation with the People / Chen Zemin -- Response: Jean Charbonnier, David Paton, Masao Takenaka -- Witnessing to Christ by Chinese Catholic Clergy and Laity / Fu Tieshan -- There is Freedom of Religious Belief in New China / Fu Tieshan -- Freedom as Viewed by a Chinese Christian / Shen Yi-fan -- People's Stories : Haiti / Karl Leveque -- Korea / Oh Jae-shik -- Barbados / Nita Barrow -- China / Shen Yifan -- Introduction / Anwar Barkat -- Church Life at the Grassroots / Jiang Peifen -- What New China Means to Me / Kiang Wen-han -- How New China Christians Think Anew Theologically / Shen Yi-fan -- How My Christian Faith Has Been Shaped by My Context / Cynthia McLean -- Reflections of a Chinese Catholic Layman / Lu Weidu -- Contextualization : No Passing Fad / Roger Hutchison -- Response: Tissa Balasuriya, Zhao Fusan, Oh Jae-shik -- People's Theology : Sri Lanka / Tissa Balasuriya -- Philippines / Louie Hechanova -- Chile / Sergio Torres -- China / Jiang Peifen -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- How "Foreign" Was the Christian Church in China ? / Kiang Wen-han -- Colonialism and Missionary Movement / Zhao Fusan -- From Blind Obedience to Independence / Wang Zicheng -- To Have an Independent, Self-Ruled and Self-Managed Church is Our Sacred Right / Tu Shihua --On International Relations of the Chinese Church / Han Wenzao -- Fourteen Points / K.H. Ting -- Difficulties and Prospects / K.H. Ting -- From "Church to the World" to "Church for the World" / Katharine B. Hockin -- Some Personal Reflections on Chinese Society / Paul Lin -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Reflections on God's Call to a New Beginning / Don McInnis, Nicole Riberdy, Anthony Chang, Joyce Seroke, Zhao Fusan -- Envisioning the New Beginning / Doug Roche, James G. Endicott, David Paton, Edward H. Johnson, Franklin Woo, Tissa Balasuriya.
Appendex includes: Workshop Reports -- List of Participants -- Reports on the Conference by Participants: A Bibliography -- Other Reactions.