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Title: Toronto Committee for Women in the CRC Collection, 1974-1996Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/449

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Details the efforts of one local committee under the umbrella of the larger Committee for Women in the Christian Reformed Church in North America, that worked to have all members of the denomination, regardless of gender, be able to make full use of their talents in serving the church, and specifically the CRC denomination. The Committee was not an official agency of the denomination, but was made up of people concerned about gender equality. The collection details various educational efforts, such as newsletters, correspondence, and informational sources used by the committee.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Committee for Women in the Christian Reformed Church was formally organized following synod’s 1975 decision to not open church offices to women. Regional committees, such as the Toronto Committee, sprang up around North America, to bolster local support for the women’s movement. As a grass-roots effort, the committee conducted correspondence, gathered information, published articles, sponsored workshops, and the like. In short, the committee served as a clearinghouse for views of the place of women in the denomination from 1975 to 1996 when that year’s synod left it to local congregations to decide on opening church offices to women. Later, although no official record was found to confirm this, it seems that the Toronto Committee disbanded. At this time, Johanna Peetoom sent one large box full of records to Joan Flikkema (Grand Rapids, MI), chair of the larger committee, who in turn gave the box of records to Heritage Hall, the Archives, at Calvin College.

The following summary of the Women’s Committee purpose is provided from the minutes of the early meetings: “The goal of the Christian Women’s Committee is the full and equal participation of both women and men in the life of the church . . . [it] intends to work for the full expression of the gifts of women in the church by supporting, encouraging, and training women to become aware of and to use their abilities in building up the body of Christ. It is our belief that the ordination of women to ecclesiastical offices is the Spirit-directed outcome of the teachings of Scripture. . . . The CRC is suffering from sexism.”—Joan Flikkema.


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[Series 1: Full-length Articles, 1863-1990],
[Series 2: Unpublished Papers, 1982-1987],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1982-1986],
[Series 4: Minutes and Reports, 1984-1990],
[Series 5: Bible Studies and Discussion Guides],
[Series 6: Newsletters, 1983-1994],
[Series 7: Newspaper Clippings, 1982-1993],
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Series 1: Full-length Articles --- 1863-1990Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense: Special Chapter for Women," by Suzette ElinAdd to your cart.
Item 1Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Cinderella Syndrome," by Cathy Allen, in Church Herald , p.7-9 --- February 17, 1984Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Women in Office: A Chronological Review of Synod Action, 1963-1984, 1990"Add to your cart.
Item 4: "New Testament Teaching on the Role Relationship of Male and Female," by George W. Knight III, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 11 pages --- Spring 1975Add to your cart.
Item 5Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Pandemonium and Silence at Corinth," by Richard and Catherine Kroeger. Reformed Journal, p. 6-14 --- June 1978Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Sexual Identity in Corinth," by Richard Kroeger, ReformedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Journal, p. 11-15 --- Dec-78Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Ancient Heresies and a Strange Greek Verb," by CatherineAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Kroeger, Reformed Journal, p.12-15 --- March 1979Add to your cart.
Item 11: "May Women Teach?" by Richard and Catherine Kroeger, Reformed Journal,  p.14-18 --- October 1980Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Woman Shall Be Saved: A Closer Look at I Timothy 2:15," by Mark Roberts, Reformed Journal, p.18-22 --- April 1983Add to your cart.
Item 13: "History and Issues in the Treatment of Battering Men," by Jerry Jennings, Journal of Family Violence, Vol.2, no.3 --- 1987Add to your cart.
Item 14: "Job Stress in Shelters," by Laura McKenna, Response, vol.9, p.21-24 --- 1986Add to your cart.
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Item 16: "A 20th Century Witch Hunt: A Feminist critique of Grange Royal Commission into Deaths at the Hospital for Sick Children," by E. Buckley Day, from Studies in Political Economy, p.13-37 --- Autumn 1987Add to your cart.
Item 17: "The Future of a Distinctive Dutch/American Theology in the Reformed Church of America and the Christian Reformed Church" by John Hesselink, Jr. p. 273-296Add to your cart.
Item 18: "Therapy for the Masses," by William Kilpatrick, in Christianity Today --- Nov. 8, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 19: "Authority and Ordination"Add to your cart.
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Item 20: "Should Women Hold Offices in the Church?" by Tom Stark, University Reformed Church, E. Lansing, MIAdd to your cart.
Item 21: "The Power of Anger in the Work of Love: Christian Ethics for Women and Other Strangers," by Beverly Harrison, in Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Supplement, p. 41-57 --- 1981Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Full-length Articles, 1863-1990],
[Series 2: Unpublished Papers, 1982-1987],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1982-1986],
[Series 4: Minutes and Reports, 1984-1990],
[Series 5: Bible Studies and Discussion Guides],
[Series 6: Newsletters, 1983-1994],
[Series 7: Newspaper Clippings, 1982-1993],
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