Photocopies of letters and statements concerning the ordaination of 11 women deacons in the Episcopal Church

Scope and Content

Consists of:

* photocopy of statement by Lee Wiesner dated 27 Jan 1973 on the resolution in favour of the ordination of women to the priesthood

* photocopies of letters from bishops to the clergy and laity of their diocese re the ordination of women deacons on 29 Jul 1974

* statement of clarification and concern from the Steering Committee of the Episcopal women's caucus dated 2 Aug 1974

* photocopy of memo from the Task Force on Women on the Lay Ministries Program Group of the Executive Council dated 8 Aug 1974

* statement of the House of Bishops dated 15 Aug 1974

* photocopy of the report of the Committee on Resolutions (Final Report)

* photocopy 'Statement on ordination of 11 women on Jul 29 1974' by Rev William H Marmion dated 2 Aug 1974

* Bishop Robert R Spears's statement to the clergy

* photocopy 'Statement to the House of Bishops O'Hare Airport' dated 14 Aug 1974 from the four bishops who ordained the women deacons

* open letter to Bishop Allin dated 14 Aug 1974

* photocopy of statement from Priests for the Ordination of Women (POW) dated 14 Aug 1974

* statement to the House of Bishops by Rev Antonio Ramos, Bishop of Costa Rica dated 14 Aug 1974

* photocopy of resolution adopted by House of Bishops dated 15 Aug 1974

* statement of resignation from Professor William J Wolf dated 16 Aug 1974

* photocopy of statement from the bishop to the clergy of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast on the ordination of women and the action of the House of Bishops in response, dated 20 Aug 1974

* photocopy of sermon preached by Rev Ned Cole, Bishop of Central New York on 18 Aug 1974

* photocopy of statements regarding Rev Betty Bone Schiess and the Philadelphia ordinations

* copies of letters to Emil Oberholzer re women's ordinations

* photocopy of letter from Bishop of Washington, William Creighton, to all Diocesan Bishops that there would be no ordinations until General Convention had acted in regard to the ordination of women, dated 1 Apr 1975