Department of Christian Education. Records

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Department of Christian Education. Records


  • 1920-1969 (Creation)


5 cu.ft. (5 boxes)

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The independent General Board of Religious Education was incorporated into the DFMS National Council as the Department of Religious Education in 1919. The name was changed in 1938 to the Department of Christian Education, and four years later it was brought under the umbrella of the newly formed Home Department as the Division of Christian Education. In 1947 it was again made a separate department. A complete structural reorganization by the Executive Council, begun in 1968 and completed in 1970, eliminated the departmental framework. From 1970 to 1973 there was no staff officer in charge of religious education. The work was carried out thereafter under the direction of one or more units of the Church’s central mission program staff with a focus on youth ministry.

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The records relate to the reorganization of Christian education under the National Council beginning with the phase that retained some of the self-governing aspects of the Church’s board structure. The administrative records include minutes, reports, surveys, correspondence, financial statements, and printed matter. Of note is a significant amount of documentation relating to an annual index of Episcopal Camps and Conferences, including questionnaires, leaflets, brochures, and correspondence as well as two film series including Here and Now and Going on from Here, along with production records. Reports, minutes, transcriptions, and correspondence that document the various aspects of the Department’s work among youth round out the collection.


Minutes and Reports, 1920-1946
Camps and Conference Records, 1953-1960
Moving Picture Films, 1957-1969
Studies and Surveys, 1953-1962
Youth Work, 1938-1967

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  • English

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