Preceded by Monthly Letter Leaflet, the Letter Leaflet was established November 1888 and ran until October 1922. The Monthly Letter Leaflet was the newsletter of the Church of England's Woman's Auxiliary to Missions. It was renamed The Letter Leaflet when the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society was formed and ran under that title from Feb. 1893 until December 1922. It was followed by the Living Message, 1923 to May 1986, and then the Anglican Magazine, Jan. 1987-Dec. 1991. Volume numbering was continuous.
Scope and Content
Microfilm consists of :
Reel 1 - Letter Leaflet, 1889-1895 [on Reel 6 of Mf 83-9]
"Edited by Gerald H. Anderson, James M. Phillips, Robert T. Coote".
"This edition first published 1991 jointly by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. ... and Overseas Ministries Study Center". -- p. 2.
"At the 'International Bulletin of Missionary Research' we have taken this occasion to focus attention on the current status and strategy of the Christian world mission, and to assess contemporary trends and issues, in a series of essays on 'Mission in the 1990's' that first appeared in our journal during 1989 and 1990. These articles attracted such interest and attention that we have decided to make them available to a wider public. They are published here in the order in which they first appeared in the 'Bulletin'." -- Foreword.
Collection of seventeen essays by international mission leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Foreword printed on inside front cover.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Foreword / Gerald H. Anderson -- The Evangelicals: Unwavering Commitment, Troublesome Divisions / Arthur F. Glasser -- The Church as Servant of the Coming Kingdom / Michael Amaladoss -- Challenges and Hindrances to the Unfinished Task / Johannes Verkuyl -- Mission Tomorrow: Nothing Will Be Easy / Anna Marie Aagaard -- The Christian Message Versus "Modern" Culture / Lesslie Newbigin -- Mission in Service of God's Reign / Barbara Hendricks -- Toward the Globalization and Integrity of Mission / C. Rene Padilla -- The Role of the People of God in the Divine Enterprise / Desmond M. Tutu -- Rediscovering the Biblical Worldview for Effective Mission / Neuza Itioka -- The Pillars of Mission in Asia / C.G. Arevalo -- Holistic Mission, from an Orthodox Perspective / Bishop Anastasios -- Fifteen Changes for Tomorrow's Mission / Ralph D. Winter -- The Poor: Starting Point for Mission / Mary Motte -- The "Old, Old Story" and Contemporary Crises / Emilio Castro -- Toward a New Paradigm of Mission / David J. Bosch -- The Pentecostal/Charismatic Contribution to World Evangelization / L. Grant McClung, Jr. -- The Status of the Christian World Mission in the 1990s / David B. Barrett -- Christian Mission and Religious Pluralism: A Selected Bibliography of 175 Books in English, 1970-1990 / Gerald H. Anderson -- 150 Outstanding Books for Mission Studies / Editors, International Bulletin of Missionary Research.
The Woman’s Auxiliary was founded in April 1885 “for the promotion of missionary effort”. The first president was Margaret Medley, wife of the Bishop of Fredericton and Archbishop of the Province of Canada. Roberta E. Tilton of Ottawa was the major force in organizing both diocesan and parochial branches and in promoting the affiliation of existing groups and societies.
The “Letter Leaflet” was a monthly publication first produced in the Diocese of Toronto. It expanded and became the W.A.’s official publication and in 1923 it was renamed “The Living Message”.
The W.A. was reorganized in 1908 following the founding of the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) to conform to the structure of General Synod. Caroline M. Patterson Hall was elected president and the first meeting of the General Board was held in Winnipeg.
Initially the work of the W.A. included mission education among Girls; Juniors and Little Helpers (Babies) branches; support of women working as missionaries and assistants in Japan (later China and India) and on Indian Reserves; Dorcas work and financial support for the education of missionaries children. A pension fund for women missionaries was established in 1910. In 1912 after several years of discussion the W.A. agreed to assume responsibility for work with women and children overseas. This included additional budgeted expenditures for evangelism, schools and hospitals. This agreement was extended to the Canadian mission field in 1919.
In 1928 the general meeting became annual. Recognizing an expanded social service role in 1931 the W.A. added a clause to its Constitution governing its cooperation with the General Board of Religious Education (GBRE) and the Council for Social Service (CSS).
In 1966 the constitution was amended and the Woman’s Auxiliary became the Anglican Church Women (ACW). Integration with General Synod was agreed as a national goal and took place in 1973. Since that time the organization exists by choice at the diocesan and parish levels.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the constitution; minutes; legal records; reports; correspondence; missionary employment records; financial records; administration files; printed materials; photographs; scrapbooks; and audiovisual materials.
The fonds is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Minutes of the National Board of the Woman's Auxiliary and Anglican Church Women, 1889-1973;
Series 2. Constitution of the Woman's Auxiliary and Anglican Church Women, 1885-1970;
Series 3. Legal records, 1883-1968;
Series 4. Annual Meeting Reports, 1886-1973;
Series 5. Executive Committee Minutes of the National Board of the Woman's Auxiliary and Anglican Church Women, 1886-1973;
Series 6. Records of the W.A. President, 1885-1960;
Series 7. Records of the Corresponding Secretary, 1890-1948;
Series 8. Records of the Recording Secretary, 1918, 1929;
Series 9. Records of the Dorcas Secretary, 1886-1964;
Series 10. General, 1886-1962;
Series 11. Literature and Supply, 1913;
Series 12. Junior and Little Helpers, 1926-1964;
Series 13. Committees, 1893-1974;
Series 14. Missionaries, 1891-1961;
Series 15. Finance records, 1887-1971;
Series 16. Anglican Church Women Administration Files, 1969-1974;
Series 17. Printed Materials, 1886-1971;
Series 18. Diocesan Reports, 1885-1974.
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds