"The Consultation of Church Women Executives, held in Glion near Montreux, Switzerland, January 17-22, 1977, was called by the sub-unit on Women in Church and Society of the World Council of Churches". -- p. 3.
Speaking of the purpose of the consultation, Moderator Sylvia Talbot said: "We have come together as part of a world-wide movement, the World Council of Churches, dedicated to the mission of the Church. We have come as leaders of women's work to to think together how we may use our power and influence to 'stir up the people of God', to mobilize women for better stewardship and more effective Christian witness. We have come to examine the nature and style of mission. We have come to answer the questions: How do we learn to identify and respond to the issues of the moment ? How do we encourage women in a ministry which is almost sure to be disruptive ? How do we help women 'to speak clearly, fully, and radically' to the whole Christian community as we were challenged to do in Berlin [in 1974], by Philip Potter, general secretary of the WCC ? How do we move women from the periphery of the Church's life to its centre ?" -- p. 4-5.
Contents: Glimpses of Glion -- The Lives Women Lead -- Agents of Change -- Strength Through Solidarity -- Enriching Resources.
File consists of material collected for the chapter on various missionary endeavours across the country. Includes Sunday School by Post, St.Faith's Bishop's Messengers, Workers in the West, Missionary Teachers on Indian Reserves, Indian Residential Schools.
It was noted for information that the Committee on Ministry passed motions on the following:
Arthur Turner Training School, Pangnirtung
The Committee on Ministry supports the work of the Arthur Turner Training School and encourages the school authorities to award the graduates a testamur and a hood.
Sponsorship of Postulants
The Committee on Ministry recommends to the House of Bishops of each province that sponsorship and placement of postulants be provincial rather than diocesan.
Committee on Union - Role of Women
The Committee on Ministry requests the Committee on Union and Joint Mission to set up a Task Group representing the three churches to examine the role of women in church work. (This would include deaconesses, missionaries and professional church workers).
The purpose of this group would be to:
a) interview women and groups of women, to seek out their concerns and recommendations.
b) examine traditions and practices in regard to women employed by each of the three churches and recommend which practices and benefits should be continued in the proposed new church.
That these motions be received for information. CARRIED
"One of the 'Concerns of the Church' which was discussed at the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Amsterdam in 1948 was 'the Life and Work of Women in the Church'. .... The amount of material which came from the different Churches was so considerable that it was impossible to produce more than a very provisional and short report for the Assembly itself, and it was therefore decided that a fuller report should be prepared. But there are reports and reports. The 'Commission on Life and Work of Women in the Church' which had been set up by the World Council after the Assembly considered that what was wanted was not a mere tabulation of the various national documents, but rather a personal interpretation of the situation as it was revealed in the material. It therefore asked Dr. Kathleen Bliss to present the facts together with her own evaluation of these facts. The result is this highly illuminating survey of the place and work of women in many Churches which may claim to represent the first world-wide study on this subject which has ever been made". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.A. Visser 't Hooft, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches -- Preface dated November 1951 / K. Bliss -- Women, Church and Society -- The Voluntary Service of Women in the Church -- Full-Time and Professional Service of Women in the Church -- Women and the Ordained Ministry -- The Participation of Women in the Government of the Church -- Change and Opportunity -- Index.
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