Women in the Church

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- manuscript notes

- extracts from 'The time is now' report of the Anglican Consultative Council, first meeting in Limuru, Kenya on 23 Feb -5 Mar 1971

- programme for one day conference 'Women's Ministry in the Church of England the present and the future' on 30 Sep 1972

- typescript of speech delivered by Archdeacon of Durham Michael Perry at the Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women on 22 Jul 1975

- carbon copy typescript 'The Ordination of Women as priests. The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada talks in London'

- information leaflet about the Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women to the Historic Ministry of the Church

- leaflet about 'Ecumenical Feminist Trust'

- extracts from the report of the Lambeth Conference 1968 relevant to the ministry of women

- list of publications

- radio script 'Women in Church' broadcast on 6 Nov 1973

- typescript of sermon preached by Rev Alison Palmer on 26 Nov 1976

- newsletters of the Christian Parity Group (1977-1978) with manuscript notes

- information leaflets about Christian Parity Group

- papers relating to conference 'Sexism in the 1970s' held on 24 Jun 1974 in West Berlin convened by the World Council of Churches

Publications:

- 'The ordination of women to the priesthood' Confidential not for publication. For private circulation only to Diocesan Bishops, Standing Committee of the General Synod, Advisory Council for the Church's Ministry. To be published by the Church Information Office on 10 Oct 1972

- 'Women in the Church' by Mollie Batten, 1974

- 'The unequal way the church is treating Elsie' from 'Woman' Jul 1976

- 'Churchwomanship in a man's world. Supplement to the Christian Action Journal' Spring 1978

Press cuttings: articles by Mary Stott on the question of women priests (1973-1975), letters to the Editor of 'Church Times' and 'The Guardian' 1975, articles covering the General Synod meeting on 3 Jul 1975 which decided in favour of women being ordained priests in principle but agreed not to put principle into practice, pages from 'Church Times' for 11 Jul 1975, article on Canon Mary Simpson 1978 (and one photocopy).

The following items are held in The Women's Library Printed Collections and so were removed from the archive as duplicates:

- The Church's tradition and the question of the ordination of women to the historic ministry / considered by GWH Lampe, Midhurst (Sussex) : Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women, 1967 (ref 262.14 LAM)

- Theological objections : to the admission of women to holy orders / considered by the Reverend Leonard Hodgson, [s.l.] : [Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women], 1967 (ref 262.14 HOD)

- The present and the future - Women's ministry in the Church of England : report of a one day Conference ... 1972 / Anglican group for the ordination of women to the Historic ministry of the Church (ref 262.14342 ONE)

- Women's ministry in the Church of England : notes on the past and present position with questions for the future / by Margaret J. Roxburgh (ref 262.14342 ROX)

- Women and Holy Orders : why raise such a controversial question now?, Midhurst, Sussex : Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women to the Historic Ministry of the Church, [ca 1965?] (ref 262.14342 ANG)

- Women are ordained priests in Hongkong / from Leo Goodstadt, Midhurst, Sussex : Anglican Group for the ordination of Women to the Historic Ministry of the Church, 1971 (ref 262.1435125 GOO)

- Women speaking 1975 (periodicals)