Executive Committee Minutes 3

Scope and Content

Executive Committee minutes date from 13 Feb 1958 to 11 Nov 1975

Minutes of Annual General Meetings are at the back of the volume dating from 18 Jun 1958 to 10 Jul 1974

Particular items:

Executive Committee Minutes:

11 Nov 1958 - Swedish Church Assembly voted in favour of ordination of women by 69 votes to 29

1 Jun 1962 - Status of Women committee correspondence - draft of letter sent to Lord Fisher of Lambeth with copies of letters received from Lord Fisher and from Archbishop of Canterbury

19 Feb 1963 - correspondence with the British Council of Churches; ordination of women in the proposed Union of Welsh Free Churches

4 Feb 1964 - possibility of producing a popular paperback on Christian attitudes to women / present position re women's ordination; revised constitution

2 Nov 1964, 16 Feb 1965, 15 Jun 1965, 10 Nov 1965, 16 Feb 1966, 10 Nov 1966, 14 Feb 1967, 8 Nov 1967, 13 Feb 1968 - attempting to find publisher for paperback (published as articles in Methodist Magazine

10 Nov 1965, 10 Nov 1966, 11 Jan 1967, 14 Feb 1967 - Archbishops' commission on women and Holy Orders - what to do when report appeared

10 Dec 1970, 16 Feb 1971 - Dame Joan Vickers, Chair of Status of Women Committee, asking for financial support for the Public Relations campaign

11 Feb 1972 - Anglicans desiring ordination; Annual meeting of the International Association of Women Ministers

6 Jul 1973 - report from the International Association for Women Ministers; sexism in 1970s

Annual General Meetings:

18 Jun 1958 - addresses of Rev CE Rhodes and Rev Florence Frost-Mee

3 Jun 1959 - addresses by Rev Toy on the Swedish Church Question and by Rev Neale on her experiences as a Congregational Minister

1 Jun 1960 - formation of Council for Women's Ministry in the Church

6 Jul 1961 - address by Rev Joseph McCulloch on 'Men, Women and priesthood'

3 Jul 1963 - addresses by Miss Christian Howard and Mary Stocks 'Not enough ordinands - whose fault?'

4 Jul 1964 - address by Rev Phyllis Guthardt, first woman to be ordained in Methodist Ministry in New Zealand

9 Jul 1964 - revised constitution

25 May 1966 - General Assembly of the Church of Scotland decided that women were eligible for the eldership on the same terms as men

26 Jun 1968 - General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to ordain women

24 Jun 1969 - Church of England revised Canon which permits women to become Lay Readers received the Royal Assent in May

7 Jul 1970 - Rev Margaret Jarman spoke of experiences as ordained minister of the Baptist Church; discussion on how to find women with a sense of vocation to the ordained ministry

19 Jun 1972 - address by Bishop of Kingston, Hugh Montefiore, 'Why women should be ordained'

6 Jul 1973 - Sister Kathleen reported that Methodist Church had accepted 30 women for ordination

Report for 1959-1975

Statement of accounts for 1958-1959, 1959-1975

Loose items removed to folder including report of the Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women 1964 and letters announcing the Annual General Meetings

Abbreviations used: WCC = World Council of Churches