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Toronto Committee for Women in the CRC Collection, 1974-1996

Collection Overview

Title: Toronto Committee for Women in the CRC Collection, 1974-1996

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.


Box and Folder Listing

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.
Item 15Add to your cart.
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.
(source not identified)
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.
Series 2: Unpublished Papers --- 1982-1987Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Churches on the Cutting Edge," by Elaine Tamminga, for Calvin CRC, Grand Rapids, MIAdd to your cart.
Item 3: "The Ministry of Women in the Churches: A Challenge to Male Supremacy?" by Mary Gerritsma, 33 pages --- Aug. 27, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 4: "What Does the Bible Teach about Men/Women Relationships?" a Seven-part series by Berkeley and Alvera Mickelsen --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: "It Was Not That Way in the Beginning," a study in the development of patriarchy, by Jan Davies, 8 pages --- Jul. 15,1987Add to your cart.
Item 6: "The Animus and the Anima in Marriage and Family Counseling," author unknown, 13 pagesAdd to your cart.
Item 7: "Imaging God as Woman and Man Together: A Study of Genesis Two," by Susan BowerAdd to your cart.
Item 8: "Jesus, Power, and Gender-Roles," by S. Scott Bartchy --- 1982Add to your cart.
Item 9Add to your cart.
Item 10: "The Human Face: Decision to Bear a Child," by Diane Marshall --- Mar-86Add to your cart.
Series 3: Correspondence --- 1982-1986Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence between Johanna Peetoom (Toronto) and Joan Flikkema --- 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence between Johanna Peetoom and other people, primarily women within the CRC --- 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Series 4: Minutes and Reports --- 1984-1990Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Reports: the Commission of Women (1986 Reformed Church of America); Task Force on Pornography (United Church of Canada).Add to your cart.
Item 2: Minutes: The Christian Women of the CRC Executive Board (especially represented by J. Flikkema, M. Takens, K. Langeland) --- 1986Add to your cart.
Item 3Add to your cart.
Series 5: Bible Studies and Discussion GuidesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Women in the Office of Deacon," 11-page study guideAdd to your cart.
Item 2: "Deborah a Woman of Courage," from book by M. Mason.Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Feminine Images of God"Add to your cart.
Item 4: CW-CRC Reading listAdd to your cart.
Item 5: "What Can I Do?" by CW-CRCAdd to your cart.
Item 6Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Open Doors: A Sketch Based on the Story of Ruth"Add to your cart.
Item 8: "World Day of Prayer, 1988, Bible Studies"Add to your cart.
Series 6: Newsletters --- 1983-1994Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ground Swell (Ecumenical Decade Coordinating Group, Toronto) --- 1989-1994Add to your cart.
Item 2: Inklings for Change (Edmonton chapter of the Committee for Women in the CRC) --- 1984-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1Add to your cart.
Item 2Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Priscilla Papers --- 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newsletter (later called Partnership) --- 1985-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Banner --- 1983-1993 (gaps)Add to your cart.
Series 7: Newspaper Clippings --- 1982-1993Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clippings from various newspapers and newsletters, especially the Toronto Star (photocopies) --- 1984-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: From the Calvinist Contact (continued by Christian Courier) --- 1983-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference materials, including addresses and "networking" information --- 1982-1988Add to your cart.