Office of the Presiding Bishop. Records

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Office of the Presiding Bishop. Records


  • 1979-1986 (Creation)


1.35 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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John Maury Allin was elected 23rd Presiding Bishop by the House of Bishops at the 64th General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in 1973 and was installed on June 11, 1974. His tenure commenced at a time of considerable turbulence and change in The Episcopal Church. He succeeded Presiding Bishop John Hines, who had inaugurated a controversial, progressive agenda of advocacy for civil rights and poverty alleviation in the African-American community. Bishop Allin inherited the challenges that dramatic social change presented to the institutional Church’s structures and polity. His tenure was marked by agitation for women’s rights, opposition to the Vietnam War, liturgical reform, understandings of sexuality and marriage, expectations of ordained life, and enhanced role of the ministry of the laity. Allin retired as Presiding Bishop in 1985 and on March 6, 1998 he died of complications from a stroke and a diagnosis of lung cancer.

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The records of the Office of the Presiding Bishop consist of minutes, reports, and correspondence primarily from the period when the Most Reverend John Maury Allin was Presiding Bishop. Some materials date from Allin’s successor, Edmund Lee Browning. Also included are materials relating to the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief and the Venture in Mission program.


Photographs, 1986
Organizational Files: Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief, 1979-1983
Organizational Files: Committees, Consultations, and Conferences, 1976-1983
Venture in Mission Correspondence, 1976-1980

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